Twins: Span, Pavano searching for peace of mind

Denard Span remains out of the Twins' lineup with a sore neck and shoulder, and Carl Pavano isn't anywhere close to re-joining the rotation. Span had an MRI done on his collar bone Monday and will undergo an MRI on his shoulder Tuesday. Carl Pavano will also meet with a specialist.
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Carl Pavano has been shut down for the remainder of the season after a new diagnosis on his sore shoulder revealed a bruise to his humerus bone, which heals with rest. Pavano said his season has been a "total failure" and he's upset that it took three months to figure out what the main problem was.

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Minnesota Twins pitcher Carl Pavano is returning to Minneapolis Sunday to meet with the team's physician, and then will have an MRI exam done on his sore right shoulder Monday. Pavano gave up seven runs and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings against the Cleveland Indians Friday. Pavano's MRI on May 11 revealed a strain in the front of his right shoulder.

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