Pavano has been slowed by a back injury. He missed the second
half of last season because of a shoulder injury and finished 4-6
with a 4.77 ERA in 17 starts.
"It was a great test for me," Pavano said. "I felt good out
there. I used all my pitches. I got my feet wet out there. It feels
good to get back out there."
Pavano's previous outing came Aug. 3, when the right-hander
allowed three runs and six hits over six innings in a
rehabilitation start for Class-A Tampa.
"It's just the start of a program to get him enough work and be
a starter for us," Yankees manager Joe Torre said of Pavano, who
is expected to be on the disabled list until at least late April.
Pavano retired his first batter, Bobby Abreu, in a way that drew
laughter from his teammates and the Yankees dugout. He fielded a
slow grounder near the foul line and stumbled as he dove to first
to record the out.
"You had to know something like that would happen," Pavano
said with a smile.
"Pavano threw fine. ... We didn't plan on the swan dive,"
Torre said. "We were happy to see him get up. The first one is
under his belt. At least we can start the clock on him."
New York's Jorge Posada went 0-for-3 as designated hitter after
missing the past five games with a broken nose. He could catch
Thursday and is expected to ready for opening day.
"Everything is good," said Posada, who is to DH again
Scott Proctor allowed one run and three hits in five innings. He
could replace the injured Aaron Small, who will open the season on
the disabled list with a hamstring injury, as a spot starter out of
Yankees right-hander Chien-Ming Wang, hit on the right knee by a
batted ball Sunday, threw 61 pitches during a bullpen session and
is scheduled to make his final exhibition start Friday at Arizona.
"We're very pleased about that," Torre said.
Wright, slowed by back spasms, will pitch in a minor league game
Thursday and Chacon will pitch Saturday against the Diamondbacks.
Johnson will make his final exhibition start Wednesday against
Philadelphia traded RHP Aquilino Lopez to the San Diego
Padres for minor league OF Matt Thayer and 3B Trey Johnston. ...
Phillies 1B Ryan Howard was recognized by Mayor John Street at city
hall in Philadelphia for his 2005 NL Rookie of the Year-winning
season. ... Yankees backup 1B Andy Phillips (right shoulder) is
available to play. ... Phillies CF Aaron Rowand was hit on the hand
by a first-inning pitch but stayed in the game. ... New York
non-roster RHP Scott Erickson (back) is scheduled to pitch
Wednesday. ... Yankees RHP Octavio Dotel (elbow surgery) threw
batting practice for the first time. He is not expected to be ready
until at least mid-May.