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Updated: January 25th, 2013 9:06am
Former Twins pitcher Carl Pavano ruptures spleen while shoveling snow

Former Twins pitcher Carl Pavano ruptures spleen while shoveling snow

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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Maybe the baseball gods are sending Carl Pavano retirement signals.

According to a Fox Sports report, the 37-year-old right-hander ruptured his spleen after slipping while shoveling his driveway in Vermont recently. Pavano, who remains a free agent, will likely miss between 6 and 8 weeks.

Pavano was a workhorse for the Twins in 2010 and 2011, but his 2012 season was cut short in June due to shoulder problems.

The Twins had preliminary discussions with Pavano's agent earlier this winter, but general manager Terry Ryan elected to find pitching through other avenues.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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