Mike Mussina said on Tuesday that 2007 is an important season for Carl Pavano. "I think he has to be there," Mussina said of Pavano, when asked what the perennially injured righthander had to do to win back his teammates. "I think he has to pitch. I think he has to do his job. Just kind of be the new guy again, is the best way to put it. "He's been away a long time. He's come and gone for periods of time, and he's been real close, and everyone thought he was coming back and he didn't. So he's got to earn some trust from some players again, from a coaching staff and a manager and an organization. "But if he can do it, we know he can pitch, and we know he can get people out. If he gets over those other hurdles, he'll be an asset."