Carl Pavano Injury: Twins Pitcher Has Inflammed Shoulder, Will Still Start Monday

KANSAS CITY, MO - JUNE 3: Starter Carl Pavano #48 of the Minnesota Twins is checked by a trainer and manager Ron Gardenhire #35 during a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on June 3, 2011 in Kansas City, Missouri. Pavano remained in the game. (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images)

An MRI on the right shoulder of Twins starter Carl Pavano revealed minor inflammation, but he is still expected to take the mound for his scheduled start on Monday against Cleveland.

Minnesota Twins veteran starter Carl Pavano was given a precautionary MRI on his throwing shoulder on Sunday morning by team doctors, but is still expected to make his scheduled start on Monday against Cleveland. Fox Sports Net's Tyler Mason reported via Twitter that Pavano's shoulder showed minor inflammation, but that it wasn't severe enough for the team to push his start back.

Clearly the Twins were not worried about even the slightest bit of inflammation, but it is a cause for concern that a reliable starter like Pavano would have an MRI exactly one day before he is expected to take the mound. Considering the state of Minnesota's dismal season however, it's entirely possible that the team wants to get as much from proven arm like Pavano as it can.

Be sure to stay with SB Nation Minnesota for any updates on Pavano's status.

For more on the Twins, head over to Twinkie Town. And for more MLB news and information, be sure to check out Baseball Nation.

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