Brian Cashman just spoke to reporters. Here is what he said on Carl Pavano:
“Heâ€™s got a legitimate reason. Joe Torre told him to go take care of it. When he returns, to the degree he wants to, he can address it or not. He doesnâ€™t have to. Thereâ€™s somewhere he should be right now and thatâ€™s where heâ€™s at.
“The important thing is to know that he really doesnâ€™t need to be here tonight. Itâ€™s something that came up right before game time. Joe said to let him go and rightfully so. Heâ€™ll return here soon and itâ€™s not an issue.”
It would be irresponsible to speculate on what happened. But this certainly does seem legit. Cashman indicated that Pavano would return soon.
Meanwhile the Yankees are up 4-0 with Jeff Karstens on the mound.