Here comes the Reaper?
Yankee fans everywhere are holding their breath right now.
Randy Johnson experienced back spasms on Saturday night and Sunday morning, making it uncertain whether the southpaw will make his next start on Thursday against the Rangers at Yankee Stadium.
“His back is barking,” said manager Joe Torre.
Meanwhile, Carl Pavano was scheduled to pitch for Double-A Trenton on Monday in what was believed to be his final rehab outing. Instead, Pavano is headed to Birmingham, Ala., where he will visit with orthopedist Dr. James Andrews. The doctor, who performed elbow surgery on Pavano five years ago, is one of the best surgeons in the country. He has performed countless Tommy John surgeries during his career.
The Yankees’ rotation has been a mess this year. If Johnson does indeed miss a start or two, and Pavano remains out, the Yankees won’t be in the playoffs. The lineup is stacked, but the Yankees desperately need their pitchers to get healthy.