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Carl Pavano is trying to make a comeback

Dec 30, 2013, 8:01 AM EST

Carl Pavano AP

Some guys come back from arm trouble. Some guys come back after a premature retirement. Carl Pavano is trying to come back from a ruptured friggin’ spleen. An injury that, though I was fully aware of it at the time, I apparently blocked out of my memory because, man, that sounded awful. Indeed, it could have killed him.

Anyway, after a year off — and, it must be noted a year before that of highly ineffective pitching — Pavano is thinking comeback. Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish says that Pavano has been building up arm strength and may be working toward a showcase for interested teams.

Could be interesting I guess. Before his injury last winter there were multiple teams interested in his services despite his ugly 2012 season.

  1. sincitybonobo - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:28 AM

    I believe he fell while shoveling snow. No word if he was wearing the same ski mask he wore to work on the 1st and 15th while pitching on The Bronx. $40 mil. Coming off the ’03 WS, it looked like a good sign.

    • sincitybonobo - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:01 AM

      In The Bronx

    • dluxxx - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:23 AM

      Man, that was a decade ago. Seriously, get over it. I can think of a lot more money that was ill-spent by the Yankees in the last 10 years, and I don’t even follow the team.

      • sincitybonobo - Dec 30, 2013 at 10:03 AM

        Carl Pavano
        With NYY

        Seasons 4
        Starts 26
        W-L 9-8
        ERA 5.00
        K/BB 2.5

        His teammates were infuriated with his antics, which included not reporting a car accident in which he was involved that resulted in 2 broken ribs- during one of his DL stints.

        All that said, the spleen injury is one hell of a thing to overcome. Teams will give him a look. He never lit up the gun, but may fill out the back of someone’s rotation.

        Not a fan of Goliath, either. Many guys should have been donning ski masks in the Bronx in recent years. Pavano’s effort, production, and attitude made his tenure in pinstripes particularly unpleasant.

        A gem from his agent, Tom O’Connell, during the last year of this brutal contract when the media and fans were spouting derision and boos:

        “”Carl’s a 1–2 starter. Those guys don’t grow on trees. Those guys are very rare, 200-inning guys are very rare in this game, and they’re the ones that make the money. And he did it two years in a row, before he got hurt, and I’m sure he’s going to do it again,”

  2. rrsm53 - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    It doesnt stop the Yankees from spending more money foolishly they keep it up with Ellsbury, Beltran signings. They deserve all the bad karma they get.

  3. coryfor3 - Dec 30, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    If I were him and could still move my arm, I’d give it a try. We’re talking a league that has found a place for Mark Mulder and Bartolo Colon in recent years. Desperation for pitching creates a decent market for him. The Twins haven’t signed enough questionable arms for excessive money yet so there is still a landing place for Pavano.

  4. deathmonkey41 - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Dear Brian Cashman,

    Please ignore this and any Javier Vazquez articles you may see. Thank you.

  5. blynch67 - Dec 30, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    How the hell do you rupture your spleen shoveling snow?

    • cackalackyank - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:00 PM

      The same way you bruise your buttocks during sex so badly you cannot pitch for a year. You have to be a complete clown.

  6. cackalackyank - Dec 30, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    If during the course of your career you had gotten 40 million dollars in a four year span for doing absolutely nothing, you would be making a comeback anyway you possibly could, too.

  7. genericcommenter - Dec 30, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    Then the lady from his car killed herself, and that was all over the NBA blogs. Stuff follows this dude around, but I wish him luck in his return from the 360 Day- Pavano.

  8. insidefastball - Dec 31, 2013 at 1:29 AM

    As a starting pitcher Carl Pavano has reached double digits in wins a whopping four times in his entire career.

  9. tonyz6060chevy - Jan 1, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    I’m Glad Georgie boy was alive when his multimillion dollar investment in Pavano tanked. Pavano would be an excellent reclamation project for the Angels !

  10. ejannetta - Jan 3, 2014 at 11:12 PM

    Carl “The Glassman” Pavano…forgetaboutit is a bum. The guy ruptures his spleen while shoveling snow……WTF!

  11. sidelineshot - Jan 5, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    LMAO … take the cash Carl !!!
    Dumb *ss GM’s will give it to you !!

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