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09/07/12 7:59 PM ET

Pavano open to returning to Twins next season

MINNEAPOLIS -- Right-hander Carl Pavano is continuing to rehab his injured right shoulder, and said he's open to returning to the Twins next season.

Pavano, who is set to be a free agent after the season, is out for the year after an MRI exam taken on Aug. 21 revealed a bruise on his right humorous bone.

But the 36-year-old said his rehab has been going well and that he plans on playing next season, possibly in Minnesota.

"Of course I'm open to it," Pavano said. "It takes two to tango, there's no doubt about it, but I think they know me, they understand me, they know what I'm about, and I know what the organization is about. There are great people in this organization, and I've enjoyed my time here, there's no doubt about it. We don't know what the future will bring; there's a lot that can happen between now and then. It takes time for all those things to work out."

Pavano, who last pitched on June 1 before being shut down with right rotator cuff weakness, said he's not sure how many years he has left, but the 14-year big league veteran joked he'd like to play 15 more seasons.

"You have to listen to what your body tells you, but my mind, I think as you get older you get stronger in your profession mentally," said Pavano, who plans to begin his throwing program in December. "It's unfortunate that this is a very physically demanding job and those things diminish. We'll see. If physically I feel like I can put the work in every day to be out there, then there are years ahead of me -- but I won't know until I do it."

Twins' Capps ramps up throwing program

MINNEAPOLIS -- Reliever Matt Capps threw from 120 feet on Friday, and remains hopeful he'll pitch again before the end of the season.

Capps, on the disabled list since July 17 with right rotator cuff irritation, said the next step is throwing from 150 feet, and then he'll progress to bullpen sessions from there.

"Everything's good," Capps said. "I felt good today, felt good yesterday, felt good last week. We'll see how it goes next week. I'll just take it a day at a time and if I'm back out there this year, I'm back out there this year. If not, I'll start building up again in January."

Capps, though, said he hopes to get back out there just to prove that he's healthy entering the offseason. He's expected to be a free agent, as the Twins hold a $6 million option for next season that's likely to be declined.

"Even if it's just one inning, just for my peace of mind going into the offseason knowing that it's completely behind me, and it's about moving forward with my career," Capps said.

Span hopes to return from DL when eligible

MINNEAPOLIS -- Center fielder Denard Span took swings in the cages before Friday's game against the Indians, and is scheduled to take batting practice outside with his teammates before Saturday's game.

Span, who is on the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 28 with a sprained SC joint in his right shoulder, is eligible to return on Wednesday.

He said he's hopeful to be activated as soon as he's eligible, but that he needs to make sure his shoulder will respond properly during games. He had that problem when he played in four games in late August after missing 11 days with the injury he initially suffered on Aug. 12 while landing awkwardly on a dive in center field.

"I feel all right," Span said. "Once I get loose or whatever it doesn't feel as bad. So the tale will tell itself once I get into a game. Even before I was put on the DL, the main time when I felt discomfort for the most part was during game situations and game speed. So I'm being optimistic I'll be all right."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.