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T-J surgery for Pavano?

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Carl Pavano may have to have Tommy John surgery:

While the Yankees were completing an agreement with Roger Clemens this weekend, they were learning that Pavano could need elbow surgery that would sideline him for most if not all of the remainder of his four-year contract.

Pavano was examined Friday by Dr. James Andrews. While damage was found in the elbow, the ligament was not torn, a Yankees official said Sunday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the team didn't make any announcement. The team would like Pavano to try to rehabilitate without an operation, but the oft-injured pitcher was leaning toward surgery, the official said, speaking Sunday before New York's game against Seattle.

I've got to say, I'm shocked -- shocked -- that Pavano would want to collect his paycheck to have surgery and be on the shelf the rest of his contract, rather than try to rehab the injury and pitch through it.