Carl Pavano said his parting with the Twins this offseason was a mutual decision. They wanted to move in a different direction, and so did...
Carl Pavano said his parting with the Twins this offseason was a mutual decision. They wanted to move in a different direction, and so did he.
After the holidays, the free-agent right-hander was cranking up his workout regimen and negotiating with other teams.
Then, on Jan. 12, he had a freak accident while shoveling snow at his Vermont home. After a harrowing ordeal, Pavano knows he won’t be pitching anytime soon.
“I’m just lucky to be alive,” Pavano said.
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Pavano said he jammed his midsection on a shovel handle and didn’t realize he had lacerated his spleen until four days later. When he finally had surgery Jan. 19 to remove the spleen, doctors first had to remove 6 ½ liters of blood from his chest cavity.
“I was hours away from going into cardiac arrest and probably wouldn’t even be here,” Pavano said.
He said he lost 35 pounds in three weeks. At least he can laugh about it now. At 230 pounds, he’s as trim as he was as a rookie, he said, but too weak to lift his young kids.
He will have to rest and let the incision heal before he can resume workouts. He knows it will take several weeks, if not months, to regain his strength, but he’s determined to pitch again, eventually.
“Right now, that’s the last thing I’m worried about,” he said. “It’s been a crazy few weeks.”
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