Carl Pavano ruptures spleen while shoveling snow

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Former Twins starter Carl Pavano ruptured his spleen after a fall while shoveling snow at his Vermont home, FoxSports.com reports.

Pavano, 37, is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks, but the right-hander has yet to sign with a team for the 2013 season.

Pavano is coming off an injury-plagued season with the Twins. He was shut down in June due to a bone bruise.

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