The Twins placed Carl Pavano on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of a right shoulder injury, and activated Nick Blackburn from the DL to replace him for Wednesday's start against the Royals.
KANSAS CITY, MO. - The Twins placed Carl Pavano on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of a right shoulder injury, and activated Nick Blackburn from the DL to replace him for Wednesday's start against the Royals.
Pavano, 36, had his second magnetic resonance imaging exam in four weeks, and the Twins diagnosed him with a strained anterior capsular in the shoulder.
"We'll let him rest a little bit, and when he's ready, then we'll get him on a throwing program," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said. "No timetable on it. He'll continue to work out and do the other stuff, but until we can calm down the strain and there's no pain, we can't start the throwing program."
Pavano was 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA in 11 starts.
"There's not much else you can do," Antony said. "The guy was trying to gut it out. But when you get to a point where there's some pain and also weakness, you get to so many pitches and you've got nothing left.
"That's not normal, so there's obviously something wrong. You can't be a major league starting pitcher and do that. It's not fair to him or the team or anybody else, so we have to address it."Blackburn could be rusty
Blackburn, 30, was 1-4 with an 8.37 ERA before going on the DL because of a strained left quadriceps muscle. In two rehab starts for Class AAA Rochester, he pitched just six innings combined. He allowed four hits and three walks in 32/3 innings last Tuesday, then allowed two hits and one walk in 21/3 innings Sunday in a start shortened by rain.
"His ball was sinking [Sunday]," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He definitely located ... but we're only talking two innings. So where are you gonna go? See what happens. He's healthy, and that's the big thing."Mauer's thumb worsens
Joe Mauer has been icing his right thumb on and off ever since he sprained it Sunday, but he hadn't made much progress Monday and wasn't in the lineup for just the third time in 54 games this year.
"It's worse than [Sunday]," he said, clearly frustrated. "That's kind of to be expected. ... Hopefully it doesn't take too long."Lessons for Dozier
Brian Dozier has started 27 of 28 games since getting promoted from Rochester, and Gardenhire put him back at shortstop Monday, even after a rough weekend defensively in Cleveland.
"I have 12 [position] players; one of them [Mauer] can't play. How many breaks do you want to give people here?" Gardenhire said. "There's not too many options, so Dozier's going to play through this. Would I like to give him a mental break? Every once in a while I will be able to do that -- it could happen [Tuesday] -- but I trust the kid just to keep working his way through it.
"It's not going to be all rosy here. So you're going to have to battle through some of these times to actually see what kind of character you have."
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