CLEVELAND -- Carl Pavano is set to fly back to Minneapolis to meet with team physician Dr. Dan Buss on Sunday, and will get a second MRI exam on his right shoulder on Monday.
Pavano, whose original MRI exam on May 11 revealed a strain in the front of his right shoulder, has been scuffling as he's tried to pitch through the injury. The right-hander is 1-4 with an 8.25 ERA over his last five starts.
"We need to find out the physical state of the shoulder and everything else," assistant general manager Rob Antony said. "And then we'll sit down with Carl and talk about what we think is the best course of action at that point."
Pavano, who hasn't been on the disabled list since 2008, said he wants to stay in the rotation. He said his shoulder bothers him once he gets around the 60-pitch mark and hasn't been making any real progress in recent weeks.
"We've got to just find out where we're at; this is part of the process," Pavano said. "We've kind of exhausted a lot of things, so when you take steps to remedy something and things kind of stand still, you have to find other answers. So, I think this is just another step in the process."
Pavano said he doesn't think the injury will require surgery. But there remains a chance he'll need extended rest -- as much as six weeks -- for his shoulder to get better. The Twins haven't decided who will replace Pavano in the rotation if he misses his next start on Wednesday.
"I definitely think it's to the point where it's affecting me [and] my pitches," said Pavano, who ranks 11th in the Majors in innings pitched dating back to 2009. "But I feel like it would have got a lot worse if it was something that's going to require surgery or going to be career-threatening. I think it's something that's just weak and irritated and it's causing me discomfort to the point where it's affecting my strength.
"We'll see where it goes, but I'm not too concerned about it being something that will affect me for the rest of the year. There's just a possibility where I have to rest it a little bit and get it back stronger and get that irritation out of there. I think that may be the course we take, but we have to take this next step before making any other decisions."
Dozier finding his groove at the plate
CLEVELAND -- Rookie shortstop Brian Dozier said he's starting to feel better at the plate after falling into a slump over the last two weeks.
Dozier, who had his contract purchased from Triple-A Rochester on May 5, got off to a hot start, hitting .298 with a .327 on-base percentage and .489 slugging percentage in his first 11 games but then hit just .146/.159/.171 over his next 11.
But Dozier has picked up RBI singles in each of his last two games, and doesn't think his slump was the result of pitchers making adjustments on him.
"Absolutely not," Dozier said. "It's the exact same thing. I'm just putting myself into a hole by missing fastballs. I don't know if I've let a few things get to me early on. But I think from an overall standpoint, I'm trying to do too much. That's what gets me in trouble. But these last couple games I've hit the ball hard. So I think I'm back where I need to be."
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said Dozier is simply adapting to life in the big leagues, as the pitchers are tougher and there's more of a spotlight because of the constant media attention.
"It's all part of it," Gardenhire said. "Pitchers are definitely trying different things against him and that's normal. He'll tell you he's missing fastballs, but there's probably a reason he's missing those fastballs. He's thinking about different things. They're setting him up a little differently."
Twins happy for former teammate Johan
CLEVELAND -- The Twins' game against the Indians on Friday night ended shortly before Mets left-hander Johan Santana finished off his no-hitter against the Cardinals, so Twins players had the chance to see their former teammate accomplish the feat.
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire watched the end of the game in his office and said he was excited to see the left-hander become the first pitcher to throw a no-no in Mets history.
Santana, 33, won two Cy Young Awards during his eight years in Minnesota, but never threw a no-hitter.
"I was watching it, it was pretty cool," Gardenhire said. "I tried to text him, but the son of a gun changed his number. I got a question mark when I sent it. A little red dot came on my phone. But I tried to text him to say congratulations, believe it."
Left-hander Francisco Liriano, who burst onto the scene as a rookie ace alongside Santana in '06, said he also got the wrong number when he tried to congratulate his ex-teammate. But he was happy for him nonetheless.
"When I saw it last night, I was talking to [Alexi] Casilla about how he'd won two Cy Young Awards but he'd never thrown a no-hitter," said Liriano, who threw a no-hitter against the White Sox last year. "He worked so hard to come back from shoulder surgery. So I'm happy for him."