Despite being on the mound for his scheduled start on Monday against the Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins hurler Carl Pavano is not planning to travel with the team on its upcoming road trip to Detroit. Pavano told the Pioneer Press that he plans to seek a second opinion on his MRI results from this past week.
The veteran righthander is expected to speak with New York orthopedist Dr. David Altchek, the same doctor who performed his '07 Tommy John surgery, at some point later in the week to confirm the depth of his shoulder injury.
"He's a doctor I have respect for and I trust, same as with our doctor, but that's what the second opinion is for," Pavano said. "I have a little more of a personal relationship with him just because of my past with him. It's just an opportunity for him to give me an opinion. It could very much be the same opinion as the team doctor; a lot of the time, that's the way it works out."
Pavano tossed six innings in Monday's loss to the Indians, scattering six hits with three strikeouts. He yielded four earned runs for the fifth time this year during the start and raised his ERA to 5.14, but only threw 72 pitches as a precautionary measure and still might not be mechanically sound amidst the injury. For more on Pavano's injury, stay locked with this StoryStream.