Even Jeter is being critical. He hits a tractor trailer with his Porsche. And the tractor trailer was a solid waste carrier...just too good. You can't make this up.
I have to assume he wants to pitch," Torre said. "I would not believe that someone who's gotten that far in his career and really got to the point where he was our No. 1 choice a couple of years ago, all of a sudden he decides he doesn't want to pitch. I don't believe that."
Yankees captain Derek Jeter, sounding a bit annoyed, said that while Pavano will be welcome when he returns, he's not being counted on.
"I can't worry about guys who are not here," Jeter said. "It's not a letdown if you're not counting on it. It's not hard to believe. That's what's been happening all the time."
Pavano crashed his 2006 Porsche into a tractor trailer in West Palm Beach, Fla., on Aug. 15, causing $30,000 in damages to his car, according to a West Palm Beach police report.
Pavano's car hydroplaned, he lost control and the vehicle struck a tractor trailer, the report states.
"It was a significant accident," West Palm Beach police Lt. Chuck Reed said.
Pavano, who was driving the Porsche, was at fault, according to the police report, which does not indicate whether any charges were filed or tickets issued. Reed said there is no record of Pavano receiving a ticket.
"My shoulder is all messed up. My doctor told me to stay in bed," the driver of the tractor trailer, Ernest DeLaura, was quoted as saying on the Web site of the Daily News.
Damages to the truck, which belongs to the Solid Waste Authority of Palm Beach County, were estimated at $20,000 in the report.
"We should have been told about it," Torre said. "You certainly endanger yourself and the commitment to us when you take chances like he seems to have taken