DETROIT - Carl Pavano will not start for the New York Yankees today at Detroit because the right-hander has a sore shoulder.
"I think skipping a start is the best way to go right now," Pavano said Saturday night. "It's been progressive, after my last start the soreness was a little different."
Yankees manager Joe Torre had to shuffle his rotation before the three-game series against the Tigers, and was forced to again in the middle of it.
Chien-Ming Wang will start in Pavano's place, Tanyon Sturtze will follow Monday at home against Baltimore, then Randy Johnson will pitch on short rest.
The Yankees gave Pavano a four-year deal worth about $40 million to bolster their staff, but he is only 4-6 with a 4.77 ERA this season and does not have a win since May 22. He has allowed 129 hits, second-most in the AL, in 100 innings.
Pavano was 18-8 with a 3.00 ERA for Florida last season, and came to New York with a 57-58 career record and a 4.21 ERA in seven seasons with Montreal and the Marlins.
With starters Kevin Brown and Jaret Wright already on the disabled list, Torre now is worried about Pavano's health.
"It's a major concern because you don't know what the extent of it is," Torre said. "He felt good enough to want to have a bullpen (Wednesday) and that was a good sign, then he started feeling it Thursday night.
"You just hope that it's nothing serious."
Pavano gave up four runs and nine hits over six innings Monday at Baltimore in his last start, then had more soreness than normal in the days afters the outing.
- In San Deigo, the Padres swapped struggling pitchers with the New York Yankees, acquiring recently demoted reliever Paul Quantrill for Darrell May and Tim Redding, plus cash.
Quantrill and fellow reliever Mike Stanton became the first victims of the Yankees' roster shake-up when they were designated for assignment Thursday.
Quantrill, a 36-year-old right-hander, was 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA in 22 appearances this year.
"We're getting an experienced reliever who's pitched in the postseason and will add depth to our bullpen," Padres general manager Kevin Towers said Saturday.
Although May recently beat Johan Santana and the Minnesota Twins, he was 1-3 with a 5.61 ERA. Redding was 0-5 with a 9.10 ERA. He spent more than a month on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder.
METS' CAIRO ACTIVATED: New York activated infielder Miguel Cairo from the disabled list and optioned outfielder Victor Diaz to Triple-A Norfolk.
Cairo, batting .286 with one homer and six RBI, had been on the 15-day DL since June 15 with a strained left hamstring. He was not in New York's starting lineup Saturday against the Marlins.
"I feel good," he said. "Just happy to be back. I'm ready."
Diaz was hitting .242 with five homers and 18 RBI in 124 at-bats with the Mets.
MANTEI ON DL: In Boston, the Red Sox placed reliever Matt Mantei on the 15-day disabled list with a left ankle ligament sprain and recalled pitcher Abe Alvarez from Triple-A Pawtucket.
Mantei has struggled with control problems in his first season in Boston. The right-hander is 1-0 with a 6.49 ERA.
Alvarez is 7-3 with a 4.23 ERA in 16 starts for Pawtucket. He's expected to work out of Boston's bullpen.
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