Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 6/4/12

The Minnesota Twins liked their projected rotation in spring training; unfortunately, it never happened, a large reason they had the third-worst record in baseball through Sunday's games. RHP Carl Pavano, RHP Scott Baker, RHP Jason Marquis, LHP Francisco Liriano and RHP Nick Blackburn never made a single turn together, and if Pavano goes on the disabled list this week as expected, it will officially have disintegrated.

Of those five, Pavano is the only one not to miss a start but he almost certainly will on Wednesday in Kansas City. After trying to pitch through soreness and weakness in his shoulder since training camp, he seems ready to shut it down, and the Twins sent him home from their six-game road trip through Cleveland and Kansas City Sunday to get a second MRI.

"We've done everything that will usually get you over the hump, and nothing really has," Pavano said before leaving.

Pavano is 2-5 with a 6.00 earned-run average in a team-high 11 starts, and his 63 innings are 23 more than any other pitcher on the roster. But he has been wildly ineffective lately, 1-4 with an 8.25 ERA in his past five starts. After he gave up six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings in a 7-1 loss to the Indians Saturday night, pitcher and team agreed to take a step back.

"We just want to check and see where he's at, and then we'll decide what we need to do with him," assistant general manager Rob Antony said.

Previous examinations, including an MRI on May 11, revealed a strain in the front capsule and weakness in some of his muscles. Having already tried to pitch himself healthy, Pavano may be looking at time to rest and rehab.

"There's just a possibility where I have to rest it a little bit and get it back stronger and get that irritation out of there," Pavano said. "I think that may be the course we take, but we have to take this next step before making any other decisions."

The Twins already have used nine starting pitchers this season -- Cole De Vries is the most recent -- and of the projected starters this season, Pavano is the only one who hasn't missed a start. Baker had season-ending elbow surgery, Marquis was released, Blackburn is on rehab assignment with Class AAA Rochester and Liriano was banished to the bullpen for two weeks.

Asked if he's ever had such rotation turnover, manager Ron Gardenhire said, "Through the course of a season, yeah, you've had some turnover but just never in the first two months plus."

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