May
07

Carl Pavano: Big, fat pussy

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From today’s Under the Knife (subscription required):

Here’s the long and short on Carl Pavano–even before he had an MRI or saw a specialist, he’d made the decision to have Tommy John surgery…

Much like Octavio Dotel a few years ago, though, Pavano is simply not willing to pitch through the soreness…

Call him “American Idle” or the “Rajah of Rehab” if you want. In my opinion, he’s gone beyond that, and is simply stealing money.

The gist of the article is that Pavano’s UCL is torn, but not completely, and it shouldn’t necessitate surgery. By having the surgery, he basically ends his tenure as a Yankee, which I’m sure he welcomes.

Notice that I didn’t once mention his name in the Clemens article. The Yanks are certainly better off at this point not having Carl Pavano around. Though, if he just allowed the injury to heal and was willing to pitch through pain, he could be added to that budding bullpen mix. That’s just not happening, though.

This leaves the Yanks in an interesting scenario. They don’t need Pavano; not now, not later this season, not next year. He wants to have surgery that is not necessary — on the team’s dime, for certain — and then rehab — also on the team’s dime. If he continues to insist on surgery against the team’s will, DFA him. Now, I’m not sure if that removes the team’s responsibility to pay for his surgery and rehab. But if it does, there’s no reason for Pavano to stick around. Let some other team deal with him.

Categories : Injuries

7 Comments»

  1. Dave says:

    I think the bigger question with Pavano is whether the Yanks have any insurance on his contract and might they benefit by him having surgery and missing the rest of his contract…

  2. Mike A. says:

    They’ve gotta have some basic kind of insurance that pays for his medical expenses and stuff. But as far as insurance to cover his salary, I dunno. I think that’s a case-by-case basis, not a blanket policy.

    I remember hearing a couple years ago that some team wasn’t able to get insurance to cover a certain injury prone FA, and they ended up not doing the deal (I’m not insinuating anything, I really don;t remember who it is).

  3. Barry says:

    cut his ass

  4. mg says:

    I don’t know that they can just DFA an injured player. The Pavano saga has been a mess from the get go. If I only had a time machine…

  5. Mike R. says:

    I’m fairly certain that his salary is recovered through an insurance policy. Would that policy still apply if he were cut, I don’t know, but I don’t think it would. Technically once you cut him you paying him a buy out and not his salary. The policy would be made out to cover his salary in case of injury.

  6. Why DFA him and allow another team to pick him up and use him later on while the Yankees are responsible for his salary? No, stash him on the DL, let the insurance cover the contract, and move on. You’re only helping him by DFA

  7. Joseph P. says:

    You’re right MFG. I wasn’t sure what the rules for a DFA’d player were. I should have checked first, but I wanted to throw it out there as I threw up the Carroll link.

    Good call.

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