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CHICAGO -- Carl Pavano will take the mound at Legends Field on Thursday, beginning what will essentially be Spring Training for the right-hander.

The outing will mark his first rehab start since May 23, when he left a game in Trenton with soreness in his arm. Pavano underwent surgery to remove bone chips from his elbow shortly after that, putting him on the shelf for about six weeks.

Although it initially looked like Pavano wouldn't be ready to make a rehab start until late August, the Yankees have been impressed with his stuff during bullpen and batting practice sessions. He will take the hill for Class A Tampa on Thursday, the first of several rehab outings he will make.

"This will be slow," manager Joe Torre said. "We're dealing with someone who hasn't been competitive in a year, so it won't be a couple of starts. This will be a Spring Training type of program where he gradually gets there."

Pavano will likely need to throw about 25 innings before joining the Yankees, but Torre seems intrigued by what the right-hander may offer during the season's final month.

"If he goes out there and has a few starts, it could be an interesting decision to make," he said. "It could happen early enough where we'd have some depth in our starting rotation. The stuff we saw is pretty impressive. The fact that you have an extra arm, it never hurts in September."

Torre and pitching coach Ron Guidry have been impressed with the life on Pavano's fastball as well as the ease with which he is throwing.

"It doesn't look like he has to muscle it or force it," Torre said. "The ball is coming out of his hand with ease and he's locating it. Batting practice and a game are two different things, but the physical aspects of how he's felt are good."

Pavano last pitched for the Yankees on June 27, 2005. He made three rehab starts in May before being shut down, but Torre appears confident that this time will be different.

"He just seems comfortable," Torre said. "I know I've said that before, but I'm not sure he's shown this kind of comfort this far along."

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I would have to say no. Could he help yes. This guy is a good pitcher. Good stuff. Top of the rotation kind of stuff.

Whether he ever puts it all together well that is another question all together. I am rooting for him though.

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