Pavano hurt; Thunder pound Sea Dogs


TRENTON N.J. (AP)- New York Yankees right-hander Carl Pavano had another setback in his rehabilitation when he was forced to leave a rehab start with the Double-A Trenton Thunder on Wednesday because of soreness in his right arm.

Pavano retired the side in order on nine pitches in the first inning against Portland and then did not return. He declined to meet with reporters after the game, which Trenton won 7-3.

Rich Monteleone, a special pitching instructor for the Yankees, said the former All-Star was “frustrated” by having to leave early. It was Pavano’s third start since bruising his buttocks while fielding a bunt in spring training, and he was coming off a strong outing for the Thunder on Friday.

“We were hoping he would get up to 90 pitches tonight,” Monteleone said. “He threw 63 pitches Friday, and nine today, so sure it’s a little setback. The soreness is from his forearm, also his triceps. It was where he had it last time.”

It was not clear if the problem would force a delay in Pavano’s rehab, but Monteleone said he doubted Pavano would make his next scheduled rehab start in five days. Pavano, who is in the second year of a four-year, $39.9 million contract, planned to return to New York on Wednesday night to have team doctors examine him.

The soreness began Friday night after Pavano threw six innings of three-hit ball.

Monteleone said he did not think Pavano looked good while warming up for Wednesday’s start and did not like what he saw in the first inning, so he and Pavano both agreed he should leave the game.

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