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Monday, August 18, 2008
Q: Now that everyone from the Wangster to Dan freakin' Geise is injured and I-Ken has no immediate plans to turn himself into a viable major league pitcher, who would you like to see inserted into the rotation?

A: Too bad - You get Carl Pavano.

You heard me (read me, whatevs), munecas. The big CP has been rehabbin' and just might make a triumphant (in this case, triumphant is a synonym for "humiliating" or "unwanted") return to pinstripes sometime very soon. His rehab assignment is nearing its completion, and once it's done the Yankees have to activate him - unless they can conjure up some excuse to keep him rehabbing (or, more likely, unless he injures himself getting on the plane back to NYC [smothered by a $5 JetBlue blanket?]). Unless IPK throws a no-hitter or a witch doctor anoints Wang with some magical healing tonic within the next couple days, necessity will probs bring the Alyssa Milano castoff back to the Bronx.

To be fair... he's looked alright in his rehab starts. He pitched 6 innings in Trenton today and allowed just 1 run on 6 hits with 1 walk, and he managed to strike out 6 as well. His Tommy John surg obviously went well enough and at least no tendons/fingernails/eyelashes got damaged during the healing process and practice starts. I don't think anyone really WANTS to depend on him in this terribly crucial point in the season, when every game is essentially a must-win, but what choice do we have?

Maybe he performs really, really well under a lot of pressure. Perhaps during the TJ surg the doc replaced his tendon not with a new one but with a bionic prosthesis allowing him to pitch up to 300mph at his whim. Or maybe I've been wrong all along and there not only IS a god but he is a CP fan and has just been waiting to bless him until this very moment.

Sidenote: Which is more likely: the existence of god or the possibility that he would be a CP supporter?

Anyway. Back to the matter at hand. Assuming he comes back within the next week or so, he'd probably be on tap for just 5 or 6 starts (unless they make it to the playoffs and we're forced to watch him serve up 234890234890 homers to Vladdy). Despite my (feeble attempt at) jokes, I don't think it'll be such a horrible thing. It will put a lot of pressure on the offense, but he can't possibly be worse than Kei Igawa or the new FAIL model of IPK.

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Update
: He might be making an appearance as soon as Saturday: http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=3541625

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posted by Yankees Chick @ Monday, August 18, 2008  
5 Comments:
  • At 8:49 PM, Anonymous fantasybaseballmacbookpro said…

    Pavano does not seem like a terrible option at this moment, if his rehab starts have anything to do with it.

    In his latest rehab start he went for, I think, 6IP, a few hits, 1ER, and 6Ks with only 1BB.

    As we all know these rehab starts aren't against major league hitters but it is still a good sign to see someone throwing like that against anyone in rehab starts.

    As Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports just wrote about, the Yanks are out of the playoff race. It is a little sad to see since this is the last year the pinstrips will be playing in the building Ruth built.

    But getting back on track. Throwing Pavano on the mound isn't the worst thing the Yanks could do since they will baby Joba with his injury the Yanks do not really have any other options.

    http://fantasybaseballmacbookpro.blogspot.com/

     
  • At 2:47 AM, Anonymous zenarcher73 said…

    I can see CP pitching well till the end of the season, and creating the interesting situation of him being offered a new contract.
    He was a good pitcher before the injuries but would the Yanks risk it?
    The Moose is a Cy Young candidate this year, Petitte wants to pitch at the new stadium. If they are both brought back, Joba makes 3, more than likely CC will have lots of Yanks money thrown at him, leaving one starting slot.
    Should it be Phil Hughes or is he destined for a Bullpen role. If he ever throws his reputed 96 heater, could he close?
    All these questions, and I'd didn't even think about who is in the outfield next year...my head hurts.

     
  • At 8:01 AM, Blogger cliffwarren said…

    Yeah, the cold hard fact is that this year is over. So in light of that, I'd like to see if a miracle is underway or not, send CP out there for as many starts as are possible. We need to know if he's worth another chance next year. If CP can string a few starts together without getting injured, that would be interesting.

     
  • At 9:08 AM, Blogger YankeeFiend23 said…

    First, How can everyone so readily write off the Yankees? (Passan even included a pic to go with it) Like they have been foaming at the mouth for 13 years waiting for this.

    I mean, we have how many games left against the 2 teams ahead of us. Weren't we behind Boston by like 6 games once before heading into a string of games against them starting in Beantown? How did that turn out.....

    As for Pavano......hmmm.....Back just in time to earn that next contract, what a koinky-dink. He'll actually pitch this time, gotta prove he is worthy of another contract, right? Wouldn't it be something if he is one of the "Unlikely" (understatement!) heros of this 14th straight playoff appearance?

    Until math tells me otherwise, the Yankees are in it DAMN IT!

     
  • At 8:38 PM, Blogger alex said…

    Pavano has a stiff neck and probably will miss his Saturday start.

    http://www.nypost.com/seven/08192008/sports/yankees/pavano_skips_bullpen_session_125164.htm

     
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