OAKLAND -- Right-hander Carl Pavano will be shut down for the rest of the season after an MRI exam showed a bruise on his right humerus bone, Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said Tuesday.
Pavano, who was scheduled to make a rehab start with Class A Fort Myers on Tuesday, instead met with Dr. David Altchek in New York. Pavano, on the 60-day disabled list retroactive to June 2, with right rotator cuff weakness, was advised that only rest will cure his bone bruise, and he'll miss the rest of the season.
"I was a little surprised," Antony said of the diagnosis. "He was going to pitch today and then see the doc, but when they could get him in sooner he went and after Altchek looked at him, that's the thing. All along, I know our doctors and Dr. Altchek have conferred on everything. To me I'm not sure how many more medical opinions you could get, to have more tests done, or whatever, than we did."
Pavano has struggled with his velocity this season, as his fastball averaged just 86.8 mph after averaging 89 mph last year, according to Fangraphs.com. He last made a rehab start with Fort Myers on Thursday, but his velocity had not improved with his fastball, averaging about 85 mph.
Pavano, who is set to be a free agent after the season, finishes the year 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA in 11 starts. He made his last start on June 1 before originally being diagnosed by Twins doctors with a strain in his shoulder capsule.
"Injuries are a part of the game," Antony said. "Carl kept trying to pitch even when he was throwing 86 mph, he was trying to pitch through it. It got to the point where we had to shut it down and try and get him better, and then you turn it over to the other people."