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Carl Pavano Injury: MRI Scheduled For Ailing Twins Starter

Minnesota Twins right-hander Carl Pavano will have his ailing right shoulder examined as the team tries to plan the best course of treatment to get Pavano back on the mound with a healthy arm.

After giving up six earned runs in less than four innings to the Cleveland Indians on Friday, Pavano expressed frustration about dealing with his sore shoulder and admitted it was time to take care of the problems. Just what the problem is though remains an issue. According to this report, Pavano will have an MRI to see if anything has changed with the shoulder.

"We've done everything that will usually get you over the hump, and nothing really has," Pavano said Saturday, June 2, after the team announced he will fly back to the Twin Cities on Sunday to be examined by team physician Dr. Dan Buss. He also will have a second MRI exam on the shoulder, which has bothered him since spring training.

Pavano does not want to go on the disabled list but he will likely miss his next scheduled start in Kansas City this week. A trip to the DL may be the best course of action for both Pavano and the team if extended rest is required.

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