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Twins place Carl Pavano on DL, activate Nick Blackburn

Jun 4, 2012, 5:13 PM EDT

Twins Pavano throws against the Mariners  at Safeco Field in Seattle

Carl Pavano underwent an MRI exam a month ago after complaining of shoulder soreness and was diagnosed with a strain.

He pitched through it with diminished velocity and horrible results, allowing 24 runs in 24 innings with a .370 opponents’ batting average in his last five starts, and today the Twins finally shut him down.

Pavano has been placed on the disabled list with an anterior capsular strain and the Twins activated Nick Blackburn from the DL to take his spot in the rotation beginning Wednesday versus the Royals.

Blackburn, who in the past also had terrible results when trying to pitch through arm problems, has been out since May 16 with a quadriceps injury. Blackburn was hardly impressive during a brief minor-league rehab assignment and has a 5.31 ERA in 343 innings dating back to 2010, but it’ll be tough to perform any worse than Pavano.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    …but at least the Twins have the #2 pick tonight, so there’s that?!

  2. El Bravo - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:22 PM

    any word on the status of The Pavanostache? That doesn’t require a roster spot right?

  3. hansob - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    $25M spent on a rotation of Pavano, Liriano, Blackburn, Marquis, and Baker. But the local media keeps focusing on Mauer’s contract as what’s preventing the Twins from winning.

    • nikesparq - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:54 PM

      Agreed. We need to call up some more Rochester pitchers. DeVries and Diamond are pleasant surprises.

      Whenever I see Schwazak, Blackburn, Capps, and Pavano I know the game is already lost.

  4. raindog - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:55 PM

    Nice job Twins. Way to sap any trade value Pavano might have had.

    • raindog - Jun 4, 2012 at 5:56 PM

      By letting him pitch through a shoulder sprain..

  5. shanabartels - Jun 4, 2012 at 6:44 PM

    Carl Pavano spending time on the DL?! You don’t say.

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 5, 2012 at 9:15 AM

      better get him a chauffeur

  6. justrunit11 - Jun 5, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Blackburn is a joke send him to Triple A already

  7. pisano - Jun 5, 2012 at 12:30 AM

    At least this one was legit, unlike his ass muscle and other assorted injuries.

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