Pavano takes steps toward return from DL

Pavano takes steps toward return from DL

MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Carl Pavano threw from 150 feet on Tuesday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list June 4, and if all goes well, he'll throw off a mound for the first time on Sunday.

Pavano, who was placed on the DL with a right shoulder strain, is slated to throw from 150 feet again on Thursday before moving on to the mound on Sunday.

Pavano said he is pleased with the progress he's making, but there's still no official timetable for his return. He still needs to build up his pitch count and go on a rehab assignment before he rejoins the rotation.

"It was good," Pavano said. "We've talked. Once I get back on the mound, my touch and feel will be back, and we'll be able evaluate where I'm at, as far as when I'll get into games and how many pitches and all that. But I'm optimistic. I had a good day."

Pavano, who has a 6.00 ERA in 11 starts this season, added that he's looking forward to throwing off a mound for the first time facing the Indians on June 1.

"It's a big day," Pavano said. "It's another step in the process before getting back and facing hitters and getting into games. It's been a while. It's what I've been working forward to every day. It's good. I'm excited."