Rotation shuffle to give Pavano extra rest

Rotation shuffle to give Pavano extra rest

Rotation shuffle to give Pavano extra rest
MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Carl Pavano will get two days of extra rest before he makes his next start on Friday against the Mariners.

Minnesota reshuffled its rotation for its upcoming three-game series in Anaheim against the Angels after Saturday's game against the Royals was postponed due to rain.

Right-hander Nick Blackburn saw his scheduled start pushed back a day to Monday, while left-hander Francisco Liriano will rejoin the rotation on Tuesday after skipping a start to clear his head and work on his mechanics.

The Twins opted to go with right-hander Liam Hendriks on Wednesday to allow Pavano to get extra rest with Thursday's off-day. Pavano has a staff-leading 4.91 ERA but is working to regain some lost velocity, as his fastball is averaging 86.3 mph this season after averaging 89 mph last year, according to FanGraphs.com.

"We're backing him up to the end here just like we talked about," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "And he's fine with that. He thinks it's a good push back so he can get some things straightened out."