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 CHICAGO (AP) -Pitcher Carl Pavano underwent surgery to repair the ulna collateral ligament in his right elbow on Tuesday, likely bringing his unproductive stint with the New York Yankees to an end.
The right-hander will be sidelined for most - if not all - of what remains on the $39.95 million, four-year deal he signed before the 2005 season. He is 5-6 in 19 starts with the Yankees, including 1-0 with a 4.76 ERA in two starts this year.
He was sidelined by shoulder, back, elbow and rib injuries from June 27, 2005, through the 2006 season. He returned this year but felt forearm soreness during a win at Minnesota on April 9 - an injury the Yankees didn't originally think was serious.
The surgery was performed by Dr. David Altcheck at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, and the Yankees moved Pavano from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list.
Also on Tuesday, the Yankees recalled left-handed pitcher Sean Henn and purchased the contract of infielder Chris Basak from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, while sending outfielder Kevin Thompson back to Triple-A.
New York optioned pitcher Matt DeSalvo back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after the right-hander got knocked out in the second inning of Monday's 6-4 loss to the White Sox.
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