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Updated: June 3rd, 2012 11:01am
If Carl Pavano lands on DL, Jeff Manship likely to step into rotation

If Carl Pavano lands on DL, Jeff Manship likely to step into rotation

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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After getting hit hard yet again on Saturday night, Minnesota Twins right-hander Carl Pavano flew back to Minneapolis on Sunday to undergo further evaluation on his throwing shoulder

Pavano will meet with Dr. Buss and undergo another MRI, and regardless of the results it's likely he will end up on the disabled list. If he does, manager Ron Gardenhire told 1500 ESPN that right-hander Jeff Manship would take Pavano's spot in the rotation on Wednesday.

"We've tried pretty much everything we can as far as giving him extra time, giving him extra days," Gardenhire said on his weekly radio show Sunday morning.

"Obviously there's just not enough strength there. It's not about pain or anything like that. ... He gets to 50 pitches, 60 pitches and you see a drop-off. ...

"Rest sounds like the right thing."

Pavano owns a 6.00 ERA with nine home runs and 80 hits allowed in just 63 innings this season.

Manship was called up last week to pitch out of the bullpen, but he made four starts earlier this year for Triple-A Rochester. In 38 innings for the Red Wings Manship posted a 3.08 ERA with 25 strikeouts, 15 walks and 34 hits allowed.

Manship would be the Twins' 10th different starting pitcher this season.

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