Carl Pavano hospitalized, spleen removed

Agent confirms earlier reports of pitcher's injuries
01/29/2013 3:51 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Carl Pavano went 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA in 11 starts for Minnesota in 2012.(AP)
In an update from a story that broke last week, Carl Pavano’s agent has confirmed that the 37-year-old right-hander’s lacerated spleen was removed last week, and he remains in a hospital in Connecticut.

"He lost a lot of blood. It was very, very serious," agent David Pepe said of Pavano Monday.

Pavano suffered a lacerated spleen in mid-January after falling while shoveling snow at his home in Vermont, and he has been in the hospital for nearly two weeks. According to Pepe, Pavano didn’t think he was injured at first, but later went to the hospital after feeling ill after a workout in Connecticut days later.

"He felt bad enough that he went to the hospital and he ended up getting admitted, and they realized he had a lacerated spleen," Pepe said. "They tried to control the bleeding. They did all they could to not take it out and, unfortunately, he didn't stop bleeding and he's been in the hospital since."

Last week,’s Ken Rosenthal first reported the injury, putting Pavano’s recovery timetable at six-to-eight weeks. On Monday, Pepe said he hopes Pavano will be released from the hospital this week, but would not put a timetable on a return to baseball.”

"To be quite honest, I think he's very fortunate that he caught this thing. He had the presence of mind to go to a hospital," Pepe said. "It could have been a lot worse. He's just got to get his strength back and worry about baseball later."

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