If it's not one New York Yankees pitcher with injury problems, it's another.
A day after highly touted prospect Phil Hughes had to leave a no-hitter with a hamstring injury, The New York Times reported that oft-injured starter Carl Pavano experienced a setback and plans to have renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews examine his strained right forearm in Birmingham, Ala.
The Yankees had been hoping their battered pitching staff would
regain some health, with Chien-Ming Wang returning from a hamstring injury and Mike Mussina expected to come off the DL and start against the Texas Rangers on Thursday.
Then Hughes went down and Pavano, who went on the DL with Mussina on April 15, was shut down after cutting short a bullpen session on Wednesday in Texas.
Pavano hasn't pitched since April 9 and has made only 19 appearances for the Yankees since signing a four-year, $39.95 million contract before the 2005 season.
"I don't think it ever gets easy," Pavano said, according to The Times. "I never dreamed it would be four weeks later and we're still concerned about it."
The staggering run of health problems with the Yankees played a major role in the team firing conditioning coach Marty Miller on Monday.