Pavano remaining in Minnesota until Friday

Pavano remaining in Minnesota until Friday

MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Carl Pavano will not accompany the Twins on their two-game trip to Detroit, as he'll stay back in the Twin Cities to continue working on strengthening his right shoulder.

Pavano, who is battling a strain in the front of his throwing shoulder, will instead join the team on Friday in Milwaukee and will start against the Brewers on Saturday.

"I'm just going to get some work in out here," Pavano said. "We've got a guy here we've been working with who does soft-tissue work. So I'll be able to get some extra work with him on a more consistent basis. So I think it'll be beneficial."

Pavano added there's still a chance he'll get a cortisone shot in the shoulder after his start, but he said that he hopes to avoid it as his shoulder has been feeling better. He also said he expects to hear back soon from Dr. David Altchek, who is giving a second look at the MRI exam taken on Pavano's shoulder last week.

The Twins have been careful with Pavano, as he's thrown 83, 69, 62 and 72 pitches in his last four starts. He allowed four runs on six hits over six innings against the Indians in a 5-4 loss on Monday.

"His arm is feeling better," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "So taking a load off him is helping him get his arm strength back. He's in the 60s and 70s right now. He said last night was the best he felt. He threw 72 pitches, but he had life at the end."