Reading Will Carroll’s "Under the Knife" column (subscription needed) up at Baseball Prospectus, I came across this little passage about our beloved starter-in-waiting-never-to-be: "Carl Pavano is headed to Dr. Watkins for a check of his problematic back. There have been whispers from some in Yankee camp that Pavano will likely need surgery, almost certainly season-ending and perhaps career-ending. The team knows Philip Hughes is close to ready and that Pavano’s contract is insured for backs." To think, Theo offered this guy even more money than the Yanks did. I guess sometimes Theo’s brilliance is aided by luck. This is actually not the worst news in the world if it turns out true. If Pavano is done, it appears his salary will clear the books, and that means more money to throw at Zito in 2007!