Pavano's Rehab Put On Hold

TRENTON, NJ - Carl Pavano made it through only one inning in his second rehab start in Trenton and is shut down indefinitely. Pavano threw only nine pitches in his one inning of work and was deeply upset after the outing, according to Yankees Special Pitching Instructor Rich Monteleone.

Carl Pavano complained of soreness in the area of his forearm and triceps that was more significant than that which forced him to leave his first rehab start on Friday against Bowie. In that outing he gave up three hits and one run over six innings, throwing 63 pitches.

Pavano was slated to throw between 90 and 95 pitches Wednesday night, but after his fastball topped out at 87 MPH, Monteleone knew something was amiss.

"His fastball was only in the low 80's and when he came off I told him, ‘I can't send you back out there throwing like that. He described to me that he felt soreness in his forearm and triceps area, that's when I went to Bill Masse and Dave Eiland and told him he was done."

"After I told him [Carl] he was done, that's when he said he also felt like he couldn't go back out there because he couldn't get his arm up and extend more on his pitches," said Monteleone.

Monteleone described it as a precautionary shutdown and said more would be known tomorrow when the Yankees team doctors examine the ailing right-hander. He was slated to return to New York later Wednesday night.

Monteleone also said Pavano was frustrated and that neither of them saw this setback coming and that the pitcher was excited to be pitching in Trenton because it is where his career started. Pavano came up in the Red Sox organization and was Eastern League Pitcher of the Year with the Thunder in 1996 when Trenton was Boston's Double-A affiliate.

"He's frustrated. He's had a long year and half.

"He was really excited to pitch here tonight, he had his mom came down to see him pitch, and he was really looking forward to pitching in front of her and some of his old friends," said Monteleone.

The Hartford Courant had reported earlier Wednesday that Pavano would make a third rehab start on Monday with the Thunder, despite the fact they would have been on the road in New Britain, CT. Monteleone said it was highly unlikely Pavano would be able to pitch on Monday and was unsure when he would pitch again.

"Everything's on hold," said Monteleone.


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