Carl Pavano's diminished velocity has the Minnesota Twins worried.
His form over the years against the Cleveland Indians has not been a major concern.
The Twins will send Pavano to the mound Monday night against the visiting Indians in the first of 18 matchups between these AL Central rivals.
Pavano (2-3, 5.02 ERA) has seen his fastball clocked around 85-86 mph this year. Minnesota (10-24) went so far as to have the veteran undergo an MRI that only revealed inflammation in the back of his shoulder.
"They did a precautionary MRI on him because of his velocity, but everything checked out fantastic," manager Ron Gardenhire told the Twins' official website. "He has a little inflammation, but that's it. The MRI was very positive, so now mechanically it's maybe about getting a little more turn and rotation."
The Twins are hoping the right-hander can help them improve upon their major league-worst 6.31 ERA for starters. He lasted four-plus innings a...