On a list of 100 things you should know about the Yankees these days, the subject of Carl Pavano is way down on the list. Out of sight, out of mind. But his agent, Gregg Clifton, confirmed today that Pavano will undergo reconstructive elbow surgery Tuesday in New York. The procedure will be performed by Dr. David Altcheck, the New York Mets team physician.
Pavano was originally scheduled to have the surgery with Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala. but Andrews had some scheduling conflicts that wouldn’t allow him to operate for a couple of weeks. It doesn’t appear Pavano will ever pitch for the Yankees again, as he contract runs out at the end of next season. It’s expected to take Pavano 12-18 months to recover.
Altcheck was one of the four doctors who recently rendered an opinion on the state of Pavano’s elbow. Altcheck is also the doctor who performed surgery on Pedro Martinez’s shoulder.