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Carl Pavano Injury: Twins Pitcher Likely Headed To Disabled List

Unable to make it out of the fifth inning in each of his last two starts, ice cold Minnesota Twins pitcher Carl Pavano looks to have a trip to the 15-day disabled list in his immediate future according to manager Ron Gardenhire

Clearly flustered by his veteran pitcher's inability to bounce back from what started as an inflamed shoulder, 1500ESPN.com's Tom Pelissero noted that Gardenhire plans to give Pavano an extended rest period, and would likely use spot-starter Jeff Manship to round out the rotation in his absence.

With a 6.00 ERA through 11 starts this season, Pavano might need a mental break almost as much as a physical one at this point. He has already mentioned how he felt 'fantastic' after receiving cortisone shots before, but the results on the field just haven't matched up. Regardless of how Manship performs in an extended role, the Twins remain hopeful that Pavano can use his break from game action to get back on track and rejoin the rotation.

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