MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Carl Pavano is continuing to rehab his injured right shoulder, and said he's open to returning to the Twins next season.
Pavano, who is set to be a free agent after the season, is out for the year after an MRI exam taken on Aug. 21 revealed a bruise on his right humorous bone.
But the 36-year-old said his rehab has been going well and that he plans on playing next season, possibly in Minnesota.
"Of course I'm open to it," Pavano said. "It takes two to tango, there's no doubt about it, but I think they know me, they understand me, they know what I'm about, and I know what the organization is about. There are great people in this organization, and I've enjoyed my time here, there's no doubt about it. We don't know what the future will bring; there's a lot that can happen between now and then. It takes time for all those things to work out."
Pavano, who last pitched on June 1 before being shut down with right rotator cuff weakness, said he's not sure how many years he has left, but the 14-year big league veteran joked he'd like to play 15 more seasons.
"You have to listen to what your body tells you, but my mind, I think as you get older you get stronger in your profession mentally," said Pavano, who plans to begin his throwing program in December. "It's unfortunate that this is a very physically demanding job and those things diminish. We'll see. If physically I feel like I can put the work in every day to be out there, then there are years ahead of me -- but I won't know until I do it."