The Minnesota Twins right-hander will be shut down for the rest of the year after a new diagnosis on what was originally deemed a sore right shoulder, according to multiple reports. After seeing Dr. David Altchek, Pavano was diagnosed with a bruise on his humerus bone, an injury that requires time to heal.
Pavano, 36, last pitched for the Twins on June 1 before going on the disabled list. When he was pitching, Pavano’s velocity was down significantly from where it was even a season ago. After being checked out by doctors, Pavano was diagnosed with a right shoulder strain.
He recently made two starts with Class A Fort Myers as part of a rehab assignment but pitched just five total innings. He met with Dr. Altchek in New York on Tuesday, where he received the diagnosis of a bruise on his humerus bone.
Pavano, who has been with the Twins since August 2009, will be a free agent after the season, and it’s possible his time in Minnesota is done. In 2010 and 2011, Pavano was a workhouse for the Twins, pitching in 221 and 222 innings, respectively. He went 17-11 with seven complete games in 2010 to help Minnesota win the American League Central.
This season, however, Pavano was just 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA in 11 starts before landing on the DL. In 14 major league seasons, he’s 108-107 with a 4.39 ERA.
“I don’t know what the future holds,” Pavano told the Pioneer Press. “We did some really good things in my time here, and if I were healthy I’d be another piece to help us be more consistent. I’m disappointed.”