Unsure whether he'll pitch in '08, Pavano plays catch

TAMPA, Fla. -- Oft-injured pitcher Carl Pavano arrived at the New York Yankees' minor-league complex Friday and played catch for 12 minutes.

A $39.95 million bust since signing with the Yankees as a free agent before the 2005 season, Pavano had rotator cuff surgery last June 5. It's not known whether he will pitch in 2008, the final season of his four-year contract.

Yankees vice president Billy Connors and pitching coach Dave Eiland watched Pavano's throwing session, which was broken into two segments. The right-hander's throwing distance reached around 90 feet.

Eiland plans to meet with Pavano and Yankees head trainer Gene Monahan on Monday to discuss the pitcher's rehab program.

"He feels great," Eiland said. "The ball came out of his hand well."

Pavano, who threw in a restricted area, did not stop to talk with reporters.

Hampered by shoulder, back, elbow and rib injuries, Pavano went 5-6 in 19 starts with the Yankees, including 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA in two starts last year.