Report: Carl Pavano ruptures spleen in fall

01/25/2013 12:20 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Carl Pavano went 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA in 11 starts for Minnesota in 2012.(AP)
Former New York Yankee right-hander Carl Pavano recently ruptured his spleen in a fall at his Vermont home and will need six to eight weeks to recover, according to a report.

FOX’s Ken Rosenthal broke the news on Friday, quoting a Major League source as saying that Pavano slipped and fell while shoveling snow on his driveway in Vermont and saying that his agent declined comment.

Pavano, 37, is currently a free agent, and that recovery timetable would push a return to baseball activity well into March, meaning he likely would not be ready for Opening Day. According to Rosenthal, the Mets and Rockies were interested in Pavano this offseason, but the Mets signed Shaun Marcum to a one-year deal on Thursday and the Denver Post reports Colorado has backed off.

The righty, who has been panned throughout his career for being a consistent injury risk, was bitten by that bug once again in 2012; Pavano made just 11 starts for the Twins last season, going 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA, and did not pitch after June 1 because of a bone bruise and a sore right shoulder.

Of course, Pavano was also highly criticized during his tenure in New York, as a number of maladies caused him to make just 26 total starts during the duration of the four-year, $39.95 million contract he signed prior to the 2005 season.

He started strong, going 4-2 with a 3.69 ERA in 17 starts in 2005, but was placed disabled list with a shoulder strain that June and missed the remainder of the season, then missed all of 2006 after infamously bruising his buttocks in Spring Training and later breaking two ribs in an August automobile accident.

In 2007, Pavano was the Yankees’ opening day starter, but made just two starts before going on the DL once again with a right elbow strain; he later underwent Tommy John surgery that cost him the rest of 2007 and most of 2008, and returned to make seven starts in August and September of 2008.

Since leaving New York, Pavano has pitched for Cleveland (2009) and Minnesota (2009-12), and made 32 or more starts in each season from 2009-11 before last year’s injury.

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