Yankees' Brown scratched; Pavano pushed back

NEW YORK -- Kevin Brown was scratched from his scheduled
start Thursday because of his bad back and Carl Pavano's return
from a shoulder injury was pushed back, leaving the New York Yankees uncertain about two turns in their rotation this week.
Brown was on the disabled list from June 18 to July 18, then
allowed 13 runs in 7 2/3 innings over starts at Texas and the Los
Angeles Angels, getting a no-decision and a loss. He met with a Dr.
Yechiel Kleen in Colorado, and Yankees manager Joe Torre said
Tuesday that Brown wouldn't pitch until Brown's doctor and team
physician Dr. Stuart Hershon talk with each other and come up with
a plan.
"We're sort of just holding right now until the doctors give us
the go-ahead," Torre said.
Brown, who has chronic back pain and has been on the disabled
list 13 times, came off the disabled list without any
rehabilitation starts in the minors. He wouldn't address how fast
he could return or whether he would be sidelined for the season.
Neither he nor the Yankees divulged details of the latest
"Pain has been a part for a long time," he said. "Obviously,
it boils down to being able to go out and actually do the job on
the field. It's not just velocity, it's movement, location, all
those things are a part of it."
Pavano, who hasn't pitched since June 27 because of a sore right
shoulder, is to make a rehabilitation start Wednesday in the Gulf
Coast League and throw 65-70 pitches. New York originally hoped he
would start Saturday against the Angels.
"We want him back 100 percent and ready to go and right,"
general manager Brian Cashman said. "We can't afford to stub our
toe right now."
Torre said the decision to bring Pavano along more slowly was
made before the team heard from Brown, and that Brown's lack of a
rehab start "could have influenced our thinking for sure because I
had said in previous meetings here that Brownie sort of sucked it
up for the club by coming back without doing a rehab."
Aaron Small will get Brown's turn Thursday. He made his first
major league start since 1996 last Wednesday and beat Texas for his
first big league win since 1998.

Jaret Wright, out since April 23 with a strained right shoulder,
is to make his first rehab start Saturday, also for the Gulf Coast
Yankees. The Yankees might use him in relief.
"He could maybe come back sooner and help us out of the 'pen,"
Cashman said. "He's come a long way."
Chien-Ming Wang, on the DL since July 9 with an inflamed right
shoulder, is to start throwing on flat ground Monday at the
Yankees' complex in Tampa, Fla.
"He's got a long way to go," Cashman said.
Cashman wouldn't address whether the Yankees had any interest in
signing pitcher Hideo Nomo, released by Tampa Bay.
Even with the injuries, the Yankees began Tuesday just one game
behind AL East-leading Boston.
"We're very fortunate where we are right now considering the
state of our starters," Torre said.