So a day many of us never expected would come is upon us. Sometime today, the Yankees could name Carl Pavano as their starter on Saturday.
Talk about shocking. This would be right up there with “Abraham named to U.S. 4×100 relay team” and “A-Rod delivers again in postseason.”
The Yankees are backed into a corner a bit. Pavano has essentially stolen $40 million of their money for four years. But the alternatives aren’t appealing. Phil Hughes is coming off a poor outing and the Yankees are determined not to rush him back. Alfredo Aceves hasn’t earned a spot, not with a 4.78 ERA for Scranton.
Brian Cashman also didn’t want to shed a prospect to add Jarrod Washburn to a third-place team. Can’t blame him for that.
So that brings us to Pavano.
It’s a bit staggering that the Yankees could be playing for their lives with 60 percent of their rotation consisting of Pavano, Darrell Rasner and Sidney Ponson. That’s not how they drew it up back in spring training.
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