Bill Carey
Tuesday June 5th, 2012

The Minnesota Twins placed veteran starting pitcher Carl Pavano on the disabled list Monday, according to a tweet from the team's account.

Starting pitcher Nick Blackburn was activated from the disabled list to take Pavano's place in the rotation.


The move was not a surprise, as Pavano told reporters after his last start on Friday that he may need to go on the DL.

“I think it’s come a time where some decisions need to be made,” Pavano said. “This has gone on long enough. I wish I could say it’s a rough patch. I feel like I’m really treading water right now. (Going on the DL) is the last thing I want to do, but there comes a time when you’re hurting the team and hurting yourself.

Pavano is 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA in 11 starts this season. Against Cleveland on Friday, Pavano gave up nine hits and six earned runs in 3 2/3 innings. The 36-year-old is in his 14th season. Blackburn is 1-4 with an 8.37 ERA in seven starts this year.

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