August 03, 2006
How You Know It's Too Hot
I saw some Carl Pavano news today -
When Carl Pavano was signed by the New York Yankees it was like a dream come true for the Connecticut native. But it hasn't turned out quite the way he wanted. With injuries and more injuries he's kind of become the forgotten man in the Bronx. But that might change soon. He's throwing batting practice today.
"Realistically, when will we see Carl Pavano on the mound making a start, in your mind?"
"It's tough to say 'cause it's day by day. But in my mind I definitely have a date set for the end of August. That's my goal."
"I think you have to let it dictate itself in the beginning, because with surgery you never know how its going to react," he said. "I've been through the surgery before and I was starting to get the same things I was getting before and I knew when to push and when to let off and they trusted me with that. Fortunately I was able to put something together that was more aggressive that worked for both of us."
"When I come through this I'm gonna be where I wanna be at and I'm just going to compliment everything. I'm not looking to come in and be the savior, I'm looking to do my job every 5th day and that's to win ball games, and for me to simplify it that way is the easiest, to keep it focused on the task at hand, which is to keep healthy and keep moving forward."
The end of August, huh? Imagine this: Pavano comes back in September and throws well. Something happens to Randy Johnson and he has to get shut down for the year. Pavano takes his place in the rotation and wins one game in the ALDS, two in the ALCS and another two in the World Series.
When it's 100-degrees out for three days in a row, this is what happens to your brain. I think I need a nice cool drink.
But, if Pavano does play a role in the Yankees winning a ring this year, how funny would that be?
Posted by Steve Lombardi at August 3, 2006 11:52 AM
Carl Pavano? Why does that name ring a bell...
Posted by: Mike A. at August 3, 2006 12:21 PM
Is the end of August even a realistic goal? Wouldn't he go out on rehab starts? And if so, isn't a pitcher's rehab assignment usually 3 weeks long? He'd have to go now if he wants to be pitching at the end of this month.
If he needs rehab starts MJ, he had better get them sooner than 8/31 because the minors close down at the begining of September and they all come to the bigs, at least some are invited to come. If it is after that, he'll rehabe in the majors if needed.
Maybe the Yankees can loan him out to the Mets for his September rehab starts?
Posted by: Steve Lombardi at August 3, 2006 12:58 PM
He could always rehab in Instructional League after the minor league season, but that's hardly "game conditions."
Posted by: Mike A. at August 3, 2006 01:00 PM
Scott, good point. Yet another reason why I have to ask if the end of this month is a realistic goal for him. I sure as hell don't want him rehabbing at the major league level. I refuse to risk games for the sake of finding out what Pavano might or might not have left in that fragile little body of his. If he can't get his time in Trenton and Columbus, he can figure himself out in Tampa next February.
That would be something, and considering how story filled this season have been, it just might happen.
Seriously though, the greatest ending of all might be Chien Ming Wang and Carl Pavano pitching back to back CGs to win the WS... now THAT would be story book stuff.
The heat is really starting to affect all you guys....or is it the crack ur smoking.