By Jon Lane
I was watching Giants vs. Indians playing on MLB.tv when Tribe commentators Matt Underwood and Rick Manning plugged a live interview with Carl Pavano by saying how he’s fit in as one of the new guys. Manning’s expectation was the the right-hander would “hopefully hold some games for them this year.”
Wearing a slight goatee, Pavano called life in Arizona a nice change of scenery before Underwood brought up an article entitled “Escape from New York.” When asked if it feels like a new beginning, Pavano said every year is a fresh start and that he’s thankful for the opportunity the Indians have given him to fill a need in the back end of their rotation. Regarding if it’s been a seamless transition in the clubhouse — of course you remember Pavano’s wonderful people skills during his tenure in the Bronx — he talked about how “it fell into place,” citing he knew some guys from playing with them in the Minor Leagues.
The interview lasted about two minutes thanks to a quick 1-2-3 inning.
Figure on Pavano pulling a muscle just as quickly during one of his spring starts. It’ll be first reported as a day-to-day injury before the Indians announce their prized acquisition will be transferred to the 60-day DL. In a nutshell, that was Pavano in New York.