Pavano ruptures spleen in snow-shoveling slip

Sources: A snow-shoveling injury will keep free-agent P Carl Pavano off the field for 6-8 weeks.

Free-agent right-hander Carl Pavano doesn't figure to be signing with a new team anytime soon.

Pavano, 37, recently suffered a ruptured spleen that will sideline him for 6 to 8 weeks, according to major-league sources.

The injury occurred when he slipped and fell while shoveling snow on his driveway in Vermont, one source said.

Pavano's agent, Dave Pepe, declined comment.

The Colorado Rockies and New York Mets were among the teams that had shown interest in Pavano, sources said.

Pavano, who spent the past 3-1/2 seasons with the Minnesota Twins, did not pitch after June 1 last season due to a sore right shoulder that was caused by a bone bruise on his humerus, according to reports.

He enjoyed a resurgence in the two seasons prior to that, winning 26 games and averaging 222 innings for the Twins.

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