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Carl Pavano Injury: Twins Pitcher Placed On DL; Nick Blackburn Reinstated

On Monday afternoon, the Minnesota Twins officially announced via the team's twitter account that struggling pitcher Carl Pavano will be placed on the disabled list with a right anterior capsular strain. At the same time, the team has reinstated Nick Blackburn from his rehab assignment and removed him from the disabled list, which he has been on since May 17 with a strained left quadriceps muscle.

Pavano has been battling arm issues for the majority of the season beginning with an inflamed shoulder that was first reported on May 13. According to Twins' manager Ron Gardenhire, he thinks the move will benefit Pavano so that he can rest up and pull himself together. With a 6.00 ERA through 11 starts this season, Pavano might need a mental break almost as much as a physical one.

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