Carl Pavano Suffers Ruptured Spleen

Carl Pavano was an intriguing free agent to multiple teams.  Now, teams won't go near him.  Pavano apparently suffered a ruptured spleen while shoveling snow.  The injury shelves any chance of Pavano landing a contract for the time being.  He will need to recover from the injury and prove himself before teams will take interest again.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports says the injury will sideline Pavano for 6-8 weeks.  This means he would not be ready for Opening Day.  And he certainly won't be ready for Spring Training.  The injury occurred when Pavano slipped and fell at his home in Vermont while shoveling snow.

Pavano last pitched for the Minnesota Twins.  He spent four years with Minnesota.  Overall, Pavano has 14 years in the league.  He has a 108-107 career record with a 4.39 ERA.  Pavano has never been a dominant pitcher and he has never quite proven himself to be overly durable, but he is a solid fourth or fifth starter.

Teams in need of a pitcher due to injury or just looking to upgrade after the season starts may take another look at Pavano once he proves he is healthy.  The injury is unfortunate for Pavano who will lose a good amount of money.  He made $8.5 million last season.

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