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Updated: August 21st, 2012 8:12pm
Frustrated Carl Pavano will not pitch again for Twins this season

Frustrated Carl Pavano will not pitch again for Twins this season

by Phil Mackey
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Minnesota Twins right-hander Carl Pavano flipped the switch from injury-plagued punching bag in New York to durable horse in 2009, beginning a stretch where he averaged well over 200 innings per season through 2011.

This year, Pavano dealt with shoulder discomfort and low velocity readings from the middle of spring training and eventually landed on the disabled list, but there was hope he could return to the Twins rotation before the end of the season.

That won't happen.

Pavano's latest scheduled rehab start for Single-A Fort Myers was pushed back so he could visit Dr. David Altchek in New York. Pavano told the Pioneer Press' John Shipley an MRI and further examination by Altchek showed a bruise on his right-hander's humerus bone -- an ailment that requires rest.

"It's too bad it took three months to diagnose that," Pavano told the newspaper. "I could have been resting."

Pavano added, "The good news is, it doesn't require surgery. I've had this in the past and gotten through it, and obviously I've pitched a lot since then. But as far as I'm concerned, this whole season has been a failure on many levels, for myself, for the team. It's just kind of lousy that it took this long.

"I was pitching through pain and discomfort for so long, and it was driving me crazy, and this was all it took? It's irritating. It's no one's fault. I'll take the blame, but I don't understand why."

Pavano led the Twins with 443 innings pitched between 2010 and 2011, posting an ERA just over 4.00 in the process.

But he was only able to tally 63 innings this year before landing on the disabled list in early June. Pavano's fastball velocity sat mostly between 85 and 88 mph when he was healthy enough to pitch.

Pavano, 36, is in the last year of a two-year, $16.5 million contract.

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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