Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Carl Pavano: From the Absurd to the Bizarre [J. Mark English]

The Yankees have launched their own probe into the Carl Pavano "car accident" incident:
"It's a very strange story," a Yankee official told the Daily News. "It seems like there might be more to it, but you just don't know. Maybe there isn't. At this point, it doesn't look like we would have any grounds to void his contract."
Pavano's worries may not end there. The man driving the truck he hit suggested that despite the fact that neither he nor Pavano reported injuries at the time of the accident, he may sue the Yankees' $40 million pitcher for damages.
If it turns out that Pavano who not only originally declined to tell the Yankees about the car accident...but that he also may have been injured due to something that occured outside the normal circumstance of an accident...the Yankees would be fully justified to seek anyway out of their contract with Pavano.
But for now....
Asked if Pavano would be in New York this weekend or next week, Torre said: “Not to pitch. Oh, no, not to pitch. I’m sure we’ll see him sooner or later, but I don’t think we can count on him for this year.”
“I know there’s a lot of stuff flying around that he doesn’t want to pitch here, but he’s been held back by physical issues, and they’ve all been legitimate,” Cashman said, adding later, “Players can’t play through marble-sized bone chips.”