Carl Pavano tried to pitch through a shoulder injury early on this season and was absolutely terrible, finally shutting things down in early June.
He’s made slow progress since then and based on his minor league rehab outing last night at Single-A it doesn’t like he’ll be rejoining the Twins for a while. Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports that Pavano threw three scoreless innings, but his fastball topped out in the mid-80s.
Afterward the 36-year-old right-hander said his shoulder “feels better” but “I’d like to see the velocity come back a little more.”
Pavano had a 6.00 ERA in 11 starts before going on the disabled list and there’s obviously little chance of the Twins being able to trade the impending free agent before August 31, so Minnesota may not have a ton of motivation to push him back into the rotation.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.