Snicker, snicker, snicker. Carl Pavano is headed to Alabama for an appointment with Dr. James Andrews, with the possibility of Tommy John Surgery in the offing. “Glass” Carl, the “Rajah of Rehab” has become a joke around the Yankee beat, and to a degree he’s responsible for that fact. It’s worth noting that the “sabermetric types” thought his contract was wildly inflated even before he started missing games; once he started missing them, the “baseball people” began to question him as well. At this point, it’s a foregone conclusion that his contract is a disaster. But it’s getting a bit tiring to hear Pavano’s name trotted out as a joke. Al Leiter is an interesting comparison. The Yanks promoted Leiter to the bigs when he was 21 in 1987, and traded him for Jesse Barfield (who’s kid is now in the league–yikes!) two years later, when his perennial blister problems looked like they’d utterly sidetracked his career. He didn’t throw more than 180 innings in a year until 1995, when he was 29. He went on to a fine career, and now he’s in the YES booth. Pavano is now in his age 31 season, so his injury problems are taking up a greater portion of his prime. But there is surely a possibility he can come back to a productive career. Whether that will be with the Yankees is another story. He can’t live up to the value of his contract, but that doesn’t mean he is without value. And that’s no joke. Of course, there’s also the possibility that surgery, if necessary, could end his career, or postpone his return to a time when his prime is long gone. That’s not so funny either.