MINNEAPOLIS Before Monday's start, it was revealed that Minnesota Twins right-hander Carl Pavano had inflammation in his right shoulder after having an MRI performed after his last start. Given that news -- not major, but certainly worth noting -- all eyes were on the 36-year-old Pavano on Monday when he faced first-place Cleveland.
The big question, then, after Pavano and the Twins fell 5-4 to the Indians was how his shoulder was feeling after throwing just 72 pitches in six innings. The short answer: good, not great.
"It's been going on long enough that I can compare five, six weeks ago what it felt like and it definitely feels like it's made improvement," Pavano said. "Not the type of improvement I'd like, but it's definitely made an improvement and hasn't gotten worse. You just try to stick to that and just keep grinding it out."
That's exactly what Pavano had to do Monday -- grind it out for six innings. He cruised through a perfect seven-pitch first inning before giving up...