Report: Carl Pavano ruptures spleen

Updated: January 25, 2013, 1:00 PM ET
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Free-agent pitcher Carl Pavano recently suffered a ruptured spleen that will sideline him for six to eight weeks, according to a report by FoxSports.com.

Pavano, 37, was injured when he slipped and fell while shoveling snow in his driveway at his home in Vermont, a source told the website.

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Pavano, who has been with the Minnesota Twins since the middle of 2009, didn't pitch in a game last season after June 1 due to a right shoulder injury. He went just 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA in 11 games.

Strange injuries aren't anything new for Pavano, who once landed on the disabled list after bruising his buttocks in a 2006 spring training game while with the New York Yankees. He also suffered two broken ribs in an automobile accident later that season, an incident he originally didn't tell the team about.

The New York Mets and Colorado Rockies were among teams that were showing interest in Pavano this offseason, Fox reported.

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