MINNEAPOLIS -- A day before he will be officially inducted into the Twins Hall of Fame, Camilo Pascual called the honor "perfect."
The five-time All-Star pitcher will become the 24th member of the prestigious fraternity when he is inducted on Saturday prior to Minnesota's game against Oakland.
"It's a perfect day," Pascual said. "I never had that great feeling like I have today. When they told me I was going to be a member of the Minnesota Twins Hall of Fame, that really killed me. I'm really happy about it."
Thirteen of Pascual's 18 big league seasons came with the Senators and Twins. He ranks second in franchise history in shutouts (31), third in strikeouts (1,885), fourth in innings pitched (2,465) and fifth in wins (145).
Pascual led the American League in strikeouts for three straight years from 1961-63 and became the Twins' first 20-game winner in 1962, which he called his best memory.
"I pitched in the last game of the season," said Pascual, who has been scouting Latin America for the Dodgers for more than two decades. "I beat the Orioles, 1-0. Lenny Green got on base and Harmon Killebrew drove in the first run, the only run of the game. So that was a great memory."
Frustrated Pavano hopes to throw off mound soon
MINNEAPOLIS -- Carl Pavano's frustration with his disabled list stint was visible as he spoke on Friday, but he may be able to throw off a mound as early as next week.
The right-hander was placed on the DL on June 4 with a right shoulder strain. He threw from 120 feet on Friday and plans to throw again on Sunday as he continues to work through a rehab program.
"I'm hoping by the end of next week there is a kind of progression and I'll [throw] off the mound," Pavano said. "I don't want to get too far in front of myself."
Pavano struggled in 11 starts before being shelved, going 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA.
"It's no fun being in this position," he said. "It's an opportune time to be a starting pitcher for the Minnesota Twins. They need me. That's why they signed me for two years. It's been frustrating for me not to be able to go out there and compete for my team."
The 36-year-old served as the Twins' Opening Day starter. He is also one of 11 starting pitchers Minnesota has used this season.
"I'm letting myself down," he said. "I'm letting everyone down around me. But there are things that are out of my control right now. I had an injury that I gave every opportunity to get better and it wasn't getting better by pitching. I got to the point that I had to get it better. It just takes times, as frustrating as it can be. Sometimes it takes more time than expected."
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire also emphasized the importance of patience.
"The big thing is trying to stay away from setbacks," Gardenhire said. "Start doing too much and then we have a setback or something, you don't want to go there. We want to make sure he's healthy before he gets out there and starts really letting it fly."
Capps activated, to be eased back into action
MINNEAPOLIS -- Matt Capps rejoined the Twins' bullpen on Friday, though he may not immediately reassume his closer role.
Minnesota reinstated Capps from the 15-day disabled list before its game against Oakland. He had been out since June 25 (retroactive to June 24) with right shoulder inflammation. The Twins optioned right-hander Kyle Waldrop to Triple-A Rochester to make room for Capps on the 25-man roster.
Capps made two rehab appearances for Class A Advanced Fort Myers, throwing two innings and allowing one unearned run on one hit.
"It felt pretty nice," he said. "I woke up the next morning and it wasn't too bad. It will be nice to get back up here and get back into it."
The right-hander converted 14 of 15 save opportunities and posted a 3.42 ERA in 27 games before the injury. But manager Ron Gardenhire said Capps likely wouldn't close again right away.
"We'll put him in a couple of different situations," Gardenhire said. "This is the big leagues, so nothing's going to be easy. We're probably not going to use him in the ninth for a couple of times, to make sure he's feeling good and throwing the ball good, then slide him back in there."
That doesn't mean Capps isn't itching to return to ninth-inning duty.
"The competitive side of me wants to jump right in, but they don't pay me to make those decisions," Capps said. "It's up to them. If I didn't feel like I was ready to get right back into it I probably wouldn't be here. I think it will be out of my hands, which is fine. We'll see what we decide to do."
Jordan Garretson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.