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AL Beat: Pavano needs surgery; Crosby goes on DL

New York Yankees pitcher Carl Pavano will need surgery for a bone chip above his right elbow, an injury that could finish his 2006 season before it ever started.

Pavano, who has not pitched in the major leagues since June 27 because of a variety of injuries, left a rehab start for Class AA Trenton after only nine pitches Wednesday because of forearm soreness. Tests Thursday revealed the latest injury, and Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., will operate next week.

Yankees manager Joe Torre said a timetable for Pavano's return in uncertain.

"They won't know until they get in there and see if that's all there is," Torre said. "It's not in the elbow, so that's got to be a plus."

Pavano, a 30-year-old right-hander, left the Florida Marlins to sign a $39.95 million, four-year contract with the Yankees after the 2004 season. He went 4-6 with a 4.77 earned-run average last season when rotator cuff tendinitis caused the Yankees to put him on the disabled list.

The Yankees also put Bubba Crosby on the 15-day disabled list, the third outfielder they've sidelined in the last two weeks. Catcher Jorge Posada left Friday night's Subway Series opener against the Mets after 1 innings with tightness in his upper back that prevented him from throwing to second. Posada, who is day to day, was hit hard Tuesday by Texas' Mark Teixeira in a home-plate collision.

Sluggers Gary Sheffield (left wrist and hand) and Hideki Matsui (broken left wrist) were already out.

Baltimore: Melvin Mora signed a three-year extension that will keep the third baseman with the Orioles through the 2009 season. Mora was in the final season of a three-year contract signed in January 2004. The new deal is worth a guaranteed $25 million and includes an option for a fourth year.

Boston: J.T. Snow would rather get more playing time than be a spare part on a winning team. Disappointed that he's started four games since joining the Red Sox, the veteran first baseman said he would like to go elsewhere. "I'm not bitter or unhappy. I was brought here in case certain things didn't work out, but they're working out," Snow said before the AL East-leading Red Sox opened a three-game series against the Phillies. "I'm just an insurance policy right now. To wait around for an injury is not a good position to be in."

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