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Carl Pavano Injury: Twins Starter Shut Down For Season

Pitcher Carl Pavano was diagnosed with a bruised humerus bone on Tuesday, an injury that will shut down the Minnesota Twins starter for the rest of season. The right-hander's shoulder pain had bothered him since spring training; he had not made a start for the Twins since June 1, 2012, and had been on the disabled list since June 4.

Pavano is not happy about how this season has gone, for him or the Twins:

"The good news is, it doesn't require surgery," Pavano said. "I've had this in the past and gotten through it, and obviously I've pitched a lot since then. But as far as I'm concerned, this whole season has been a failure on many levels, for myself, for the team. It's just kind of lousy that it took this long.

Pavano, 36, is a free agent next season. He is in the final year of a two-year contact worth $16.5 million.

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