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Pitcher Carl Pavano hospitalized following spleen removal; hurt during fall in snow

Pitcher Carl Pavano is in a Connecticut hospital following the removal of his spleen. He was injured when he fell in snow at his home in Vermont.

The pitcher's agent said Monday the accident happened in mid-January. When Pavano didn't feel well after a workout in Connecticut, the 37-year-old right-hander went to a hospital and was diagnosed with a lacerated spleen.

Agent David Pepe said doctors were not able to control bleeding, and Pavano's spleen was removed last week. Pepe hopes Pavano will be released from the hospital this week. He would not put a timetable on the free agent's possible return to baseball.

Pavano spent the last 3 1-2 seasons with the Minnesota Twins, going 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA in 11 starts last year. He didn't pitch after June 1 because of a strained right shoulder.