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Teammate says Yankees' Pavano may need surgery

Posted by The Star-Ledger May 06, 2007 1:52PM

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Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte confirmed what has been suspected all weekend: Fellow pitcher Carl Pavano may need "Tommy John" surgery.

Pavano apparently has to decide whether to undergo the procedure, which would keep him out at least a year and perhaps throughout the 2008 season, or attempt to return through rehabiliation without the reconstructive elbow surgery.

"That's his dilemma," Pettitte said.

Pettitte has been counseling Pavano because he faced a similar problem 11 years ago. The Yankees and specialist James Andrews -- the same doctor who examined Pavano on Friday -- said Pettitte needed the surgery. But Pettitte opted to keep pitching, and he has ever since with the same ligament.

"It's a tough decision," Pettitte said. "It's a decision he's going to have to make, and nobody can make it for him. It's grueling. It's a grueling process."

Should Pavano opt for surgery, it could mean he never again pitches for the Yankees. His four-year, $39.95 million deal runs through 2008; so far, he has given the Yankees 17 starts and five wins.

"It's been a tough road for both parties," manager Joe Torre said.

Contributed by Ed Price

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Hadn't seen this posted yet

Teammate says Yankees' Pavano may need surgery

Posted by The Star-Ledger May 06, 2007 1:52PM

Categories: Sports

Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte confirmed what has been suspected all weekend: Fellow pitcher Carl Pavano may need "Tommy John" surgery.

Pavano apparently has to decide whether to undergo the procedure, which would keep him out at least a year and perhaps throughout the 2008 season, or attempt to return through rehabiliation without the reconstructive elbow surgery.

"That's his dilemma," Pettitte said.

Pettitte has been counseling Pavano because he faced a similar problem 11 years ago. The Yankees and specialist James Andrews -- the same doctor who examined Pavano on Friday -- said Pettitte needed the surgery. But Pettitte opted to keep pitching, and he has ever since with the same ligament.

"It's a tough decision," Pettitte said. "It's a decision he's going to have to make, and nobody can make it for him. It's grueling. It's a grueling process."

Should Pavano opt for surgery, it could mean he never again pitches for the Yankees. His four-year, $39.95 million deal runs through 2008; so far, he has given the Yankees 17 starts and five wins.

"It's been a tough road for both parties," manager Joe Torre said.

Contributed by Ed Price

Pavano is just unlucky. He should just have the surgery and be done with it.

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