By Joe McDonald at 24 January, 2013, 10:25 pm
You almost get the feeling Carl Pavano would be better off never leaving the house again.
Not even to get the newspaper.
The oft-injured right-hander, who once landed — figuratively — on the disabled list after falling — literally — on his buttocks in a spring training game, has fallen once again, and this time has suffered a pretty significant injury as a result.
According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal , the fall happened while Pavano was shoveling snow out of the driveway of his Vermont home and the unfortunate result is a ruptured spleen, which will reportedly sideline the 37-year-old for 6 to 8 weeks.
That must have been one nasty and/or awkward fall to result in that type of injury. Wow. And ouch.
Obviously this is a tough break, as it would be for any player this close to spring training, but it's especially so for the unlucky Pavano, who as of this moment remains unsigned. Given the timetable on his recovery, he won't be ready to begin any kind of throwing and conditioning program until mid-March at the earliest. You can probably tack on another 4 to 6 weeks before he'd conceivably be ready to compete or contribute at the big league level, so his chances of signing before opening day likely just hit the ground with him.