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Carl Pavano lacking velocity in rehab for shoulder injury

Aug 17, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

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Carl Pavano tried to pitch through a shoulder injury early on this season and was absolutely terrible, finally shutting things down in early June.

He’s made slow progress since then and based on his minor league rehab outing last night at Single-A it doesn’t like he’ll be rejoining the Twins for a while. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Pavano threw three scoreless innings, but his fastball topped out in the mid-80s.

Afterward the 36-year-old right-hander said his shoulder “feels better” but “I’d like to see the velocity come back a little more.”

Pavano had a 6.00 ERA in 11 starts before going on the disabled list and there’s obviously little chance of the Twins being able to trade the impending free agent before August 31, so Minnesota may not have a ton of motivation to push him back into the rotation.

  1. 69jaredallen69 - Aug 17, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    This news should be enough for Terry Ryan to re-sign him to 3 year deal for around 8million per. With Diamond and that stiff Blackburn being only starters under contract for next year he is going to have to overpay for a few

  2. henryd3rd - Aug 17, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    Carl already knows how to scuff the ball and use foreign substances. It should be a cinch for him to adapt to less velocity.

    • ptfu - Aug 17, 2012 at 4:27 PM

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  3. spudatx - Aug 17, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    I think Pavano isn’t just going to be lacking velocity going into the off-season. As a free agent, I don’t suspect too many teams will be looking at his track record and want much to do with him. Maybe the Twins will throw him a bone only because they are otherwise likely to be starting nothing but rookies next year and might feel a veteran of some sort would help round things out.

    On opening day this year, the Twins rotation was Pavano (going to be a free agent), Liriano (traded), Hendricks (back from minors for 2013?), Blackburn (set to grab $5.5M next year, though unlikely to be worth a cent of it), and Marquis (strapped to a rocket and sent to San Diego… where he found his form of yesteryear). Baker has been out all year, but he’s also a FA.

    If they don’t make a splash in the FA signings (I was laughing while typing that), who are their options? They have some guys to be optimistic about like DeVries, Deduno, Hendricks, Walters, or, hey, maybe Kyle Gibson will be good to go. Dare I say Duensing and Swarzak are the backup plan again? Scott Diamond seems the only sure thing at this point.

    I’m sure they’ll identify a value signing to go after, but hopefully they find Willingham or even Doumit-like success with that rather than something on par with Burroughs, Marquis, or Zumaya. Pavano might be a safe bet for a middle ground there if his off-season rehab progresses and he’s willing to work for walleye-on-a-stick.

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