Yankees pitcher Carl Pavano had an MRI exam and X-rays taken yesterday on his injured left foot.

The team didn't immediately release the results, but Pavano said afterward that he wasn't concerned.

"Just for precaution," Pavano said. "It's feeling better than it did. I'm not really too alarmed. There's no bruising or anything. It's just stiff."

Pavano didn't participate in on-field drills. He did undergo treatment, including icing the foot.

Pavano was hit on the instep in batting practice Saturday by a line drive. He threw 27 more pitches to complete his workout.

"It's not going to matter if he misses a day or so," Manager Joe Torre said. "I'm sure it's sore. We'll have to wait and see."

Pavano, starting the third season of a four-year, $39.95 million contract, hasn't pitched in the major leagues since June 27, 2005, due to various injuries.

· PIRATES:A group of almost 40 Japanese journalists gathered in Bradenton, Fla., to watch the early workouts of Masumi Kuwata.

Once one of the top pitchers in Japan, Kuwata is trying the reinvent himself at age 38. He won only one game the last two seasons in Japan, raising his career total to 173. He pitched in only three games last year because of an ankle injury.

"I am just happy that I am closer to my longtime dream of pitching in the major leagues," Kuwata said.

· RANGERS:Things are more relaxed around camp now that Buck Showalter is helping the Indians.

Coaches no longer have to sit in assigned seats for their post-workout meetings, and the shrubs Showalter had planted to provide privacy for the back pitching mounds at the team complex have been cut down, letting fans, media and visiting scouts watch pitchers work.

New manager Ron Washington wants his players to be as comfortable as possible in the clubhouse.

"It is their clubhouse and I want them to do what they want to do as long as the police or the fire department doesn't show up," Washington said.

"If they want to dance on top of tables, I'm fine with that."

· ATHLETICS:Shortstop Bobby Crosby has missed 132 games over the past two seasons with various injuries and has not played since August because of a back injury.

He will be able to better gauge his health in the coming days when he faces live pitching for the first time in more than six months.

"Everything's been good," Crosby said. "I won't know for sure until I take full hacks."