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.
Ron Gardenhire indicates #Twins probably are going to give Carl Pavano some rest, meaning a DL stint. Lacks strength. Sees doc tomorrow.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 3, 2012
Jeff Manship probably would replace Pavano for start on Wednesday. #Twins— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 3, 2012
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.