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Updated: May 18th, 2012 10:39am
Carl Pavano, 'feeling fantastic,' may not need a cortisone shot

Carl Pavano, 'feeling fantastic,' may not need a cortisone shot

by Phil Mackey
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While the Minnesota Twins collected back-to-back wins in over a month against the Detroit Tigers, right-hander Carl Pavano stayed back in Minneapolis to strengthen his strained throwing shoulder.

The work is apparently paying off.

In an interview with 1500 ESPN on Friday morning manager Ron Gardenhire said Pavano 'had a good week' and is 'feeling fantastic.'

Pavano was set to rejoin the team in Milwaukee on Friday and he will make his ninth start of the season on Saturday. The 36-year-old right-hander owns a 5.14 ERA through his first eight outings with reduced fastball velocity and less movement on his pitches.

Pavano said last week if the discomfort persists he would likely get a cortisone after the team left Milwaukee. But Gardenhire said it appears he might not get a cortisone shot after all.

Ryan Doumit, who strained a calf muscle on Wednesday night, could be available as soon as Friday night.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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