From the AP:
Joe Torre settled into the chair in his spring training office and began 2006 the same way he spent most of 2005: discussing an injured pitcher.
Carl Pavano, who missed the second half of last season because of a shoulder injury, has lower back discomfort that will prevent him from throwing off a mound until around March 1. He was to pitch off a mound Wednesday at the minor league complex but instead threw off flat ground for the second time in three days.
New York made the decision after Pavano mentioned the back issue last week, then was sent to examined by back specialist Dr. Robert Watkins, who recommended a 10-to-14 day exercise program. The setback raises the possibility Pavano might not be ready for the start of the regular season on April 3.
“You certainly don’t want to get to this point of taking this much care and then decide that just because the season opener is coming that you’ve got to hurry up and do something,” Torre said. “He could very well be ready to start the season, I don’t know, but again, we’re certainly not going to have that as a necessity.”
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman wouldn’t detail specifics of the back problem other than to say it wasn’t structural.