Free agent pitcher Carl Pavano said he almost died when he had to have his spleen removed after snow shoveling accident in January. "I'm just lucky to be alive," Pavano told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune during the week. Initially, Pavano did not believe he was seriously injured when he fell at his home in Vermont. After visiting three hospitals, he had his spleen removed on Jan. 19. Doctors told Pavano he was living on "borrowed time" after having 6 1/2 liters of blood drained from his chest cavity. "I was hours away from going into cardiac arrest and probably wouldn't even be here," Pavano said. The 37-year-old free agent is not sure when he will be able to resume his career. He spent the past three-plus seasons with the Minnesota Twins. He was 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA in 11 starts in 2012. A strained right shoulder on June 1 shortened his season. Injuries hampered his career with the New York Yankees after signing a $40 million contract with them in 2004. However, he enjoyed a 14-12 season in 2009, which he split between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins. He followed that with a 17-11 mark in 2010 before going 9-13 in 2011.
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