TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – New York Yankees pitcher Carl Pavano threw Wednesday for the first time since he bruised his buttocks last week during a spring training game.

Pavano played catch for 10 minutes with injured teammate Aaron Small.

“It definitely feels better,” said Pavano, who was hurt when he fielded a grounder near the first-base foul line March 28 and dived to first for the out.

Pavano missed the second half of last season because of a shoulder injury and finished 4-6 with a 4.77 ERA in 17 starts. He missed much of spring training with an injured back.

“It’s been a nightmare,” said Pavano, who plans to play catch again Thursday.

After working out, Pavano said he was still waiting to receive information from a review of test results by Los Angeles back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins.

In other news, Yankees reliever Octavio Dotel, recovering from elbow surgery last season, is scheduled to face hitters for the second time this week on Thursday. He threw 40 pitches during a simulated game Monday and might pitch in an extended spring training game next week.

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