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Pavano might avoid cortizone shot

Carl Pavano is scheduled to start Saturday against the Brewers, and he might be able to avoid a cortizone shot after the game to help his strained throwing shoulder. Pavano met with a soft tissue specialist this week, and as long as he feels good he won't need the shot.
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Carl Pavano is scheduled to start Saturday against the Brewers, and he might be able to avoid a cortizone shot after the game to help his strained throwing shoulder. Pavano met with a soft tissue specialist this week, and as long as he feels good he won't need the shot.

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