Pavano pitching with soreness

Twins righthander Carl Pavano has been pitching with a strained right shoulder since spring training and expects to take a cortisone shot for it in a week or so.

hide

Twins righthander Carl Pavano

Photo: Chris O'Meara, Associated Press

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

Twins righthander Carl Pavano has been pitching with a strained right shoulder since spring training and expects to take a cortisone shot for it in a week or so.

The soreness might explain his dip in velocity and lack of sharpness on some of his pitches. Pavano, 2-3 with a 5.02 ERA heading into a start on Monday against Cleveland, said he thought he could pitch through the discomfort when it first flared up but it never improved.

He had an MRI on Friday that showed no structural damage.

"It's just more like a strain so it is something that I can probably get through," Pavano said. "It hasn't gotten worse, it just hasn't gotten better."

He said he's going try a lot of stretching but added that he'll probably take a cortisone shot after his scheduled start Saturday in Milwaukee.

He admitted that he's been skipping some bullpen sessions and had a start pushed back three days, to May 4, in an effort to see if extra rest would work.

"But my stuff was consistent with where it's been all year in terms of velocity," Pavano said. "Going into my last start, my stuff was flat; there just wasn't much there."

According to www.fangraphs- .com, Pavano's fastball is averaging 86.6 miles an hour this season. Last year, it was 89.0.

The Twins stressed that there's nothing seriously wrong with Pavano.

"They are treating it and maybe he'll get that extension and get that [velocity] back," manager Ron Gardenhire said.

General Manager Terry Ryan said Pavano's issue is "not anything that is going to knock him out of a start. Any pitcher is going to have things that aren't going to feel right. He's fine. He's going to be starting."

Pavano said he will send copies of his MRI to Dr. David Altchek, the New York specialist who has treated him in the past.

Ready for anything

Gardenhire had lefthander Brian Duensing throw a season-high 45 pitches last Wednesday, just in case Pavano had a problem that would knock him out of the rotation.

It wasn't a stretch for the Twins to stretch Duensing.

Back in the bullpen this season after being in the rotation most of 2011, Duensing has been on a roll. He's thrown eight scoreless innings and has a 1.32 ERA over his past 11 games.

He's filled a variety of roles while doing so.

"Seventh-inning guy. Lefty specialist, if need be," Duensing said. "A possible long relief role. It's easier to say what I'm not. I'm not the closer."

Duensing has been able to smooth out his mechanics and get into a groove. That has encouraged him to throw harder. Being a reliever allows him to not hold back, and his fastball average of 92.7 mph is up from 91.3 last season.

He said he has not been told of any plans to make him a starter, but he's fine with being used in different roles. He's learned to come to the park each day prepared for anything.

"I like that they have confidence in me, that I'm being used," Duensing said.

Etc.

 Matt Capps touched 94 mph on the radar gun Sunday but threw nothing but split-fingered fastballs to Kelly Johnson, eventually striking him out to end the game. It was his seventh save in as many chances.

 Opponents were in a 0-for-34 skid against Twins reliever Jared Burton before Rajai Davis led off the eighth with a single.

  • TEAM NOTES

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions
Final(10)2345678910RHE
Minnesota «00201000611140
Kansas City0011010005121
@Ballpark Replay
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box
W:A.Swarzak(3-1) L:B.Chen(2-4)
HR: MIN- None KAN- A.Gordon (17)

ADVERTISEMENT

Chicago Cubs - LP: J. Arrieta 2 FINAL
Cincinnati - WP: D. Axelrod 7
NY Yankees - LP: S. Kelley 2 FINAL
Detroit - WP: P. Coke 3
Colorado - LP: J. Lyles 1 FINAL
San Francisco - WP: Y. Petit 4
Tampa Bay - LP: K. Yates 4 FINAL
Baltimore - WP: A. Miller 5
Atlanta - WP: M. Minor 6 FINAL
NY Mets - LP: J. Niese 1
Cleveland - WP: C. Carrasco 3 FINAL
Chicago WSox - LP: J. Danks 2
Minnesota - WP: A. Swarzak 11 FINAL
Kansas City - LP: B. Chen 5
Texas - LP: R. Mendez 2 FINAL
Houston - WP: C. McHugh 4
Oakland - LP: R. Cook 3 FINAL
LA Angels - WP: F. Salas 4
Atlanta 24 FINAL
Jacksonville 14
Detroit 23 FINAL
Buffalo 0
Indianapolis 7 FINAL
Cincinnati 35
Kansas City 14 FINAL
Green Bay 34
NY Jets 7 FINAL
Philadelphia 37
St. Louis 13 FINAL
Miami 14
Carolina 10 FINAL
Pittsburgh 0
New England 13 FINAL
NY Giants 16
Washington 24 FINAL
Tampa Bay 10
Baltimore 22 FINAL
New Orleans 13
Chicago 13 FINAL
Cleveland 33
Denver 27 FINAL
Dallas 3
Minnesota 19 FINAL
Tennessee 3
San Francisco 40 FINAL
Houston 13
Arizona 9 FINAL
San Diego 12
Seattle 31 FINAL
Oakland 41
(21) Texas A&M 52 FINAL
(9) So Carolina 28
Wake Forest 10 FINAL
ULM 17
Boise State 13 FINAL
(18) Ole Miss 35
Tulane 31 FINAL
Tulsa 38
Rutgers 41 FINAL
Washington St 38
Weber State 14 FINAL
(19) Arizona State 45
Temple 37 FINAL
Vanderbilt 7
BYU 6:00 PM
Connecticut
(6) Jacksonville St 6:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Bowling Green 6:30 PM
Western Ky
TX-San Antonio 8:00 PM
Houston
Colorado State 8:00 PM
Colorado
UNLV 9:30 PM
Arizona
Penn State 8/30/14 7:30 AM
UCF
Troy 8/30/14 11:00 AM
UAB
(7) UCLA 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Virginia
Western Mich 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
(5) Ohio State 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Navy
Appalachian St 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Michigan
Ga Southern 8/30/14 11:30 AM
NC State
Boston College 8/30/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
West Virginia 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Marshall 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
UC Davis 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 8/30/14 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 8/30/14 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 8/30/14 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 8/30/14 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 8/30/14 6:00 PM
Florida
Stephen F Austin 8/30/14 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 8/30/14 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 8/30/14 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 8/30/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Texas
(1) Florida State 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8/30/14 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 8/30/14 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 8/30/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Ottawa 6:30 PM
Montreal
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How sure are you that the Twins are on the road to improving?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close