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Carl Pavano Injury: Twins Pitcher Set To Begin Throwing Program

The rehab process continues for injured Minnesota Twins pitcher Carl Pavano, as the 36-year-old hurler will next begin a throwing program this week to test the progress of the sore shoulder that initially forced him to the disabled list.

Pavano last made a start on June 1 against Cleveland, and was placed on the DL three days later in obvious discomfort. Despite a 6.00 ERA and 2-5 record on the season, he remains an integral piece of the Twins' starting rotation as a dependable innings-eater.

But while Pavano's upcoming throwing program is a clear step in the right direction, the organization still does not expect him back for a while. Bringing him along as slowly as possible to avoid re-injuring his shoulder seems like the wisest move for manager Ron Gardenhire's club.

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