Free agent pitcher Carl Pavano suffered a freak snow shoveling incident in mid-January that forced him to have his spleen removed. And he recently revealed that the accident almost proved to be fatal.
"I'm just lucky to be alive," said the veteran right-hander.
He reportedly spent time at three different hospitals before a doctor finally determined that a splenic embolization needed to be performed.
Pavano initially didn't think that the injury was that serious when he jammed his midsection on a shovel handle. He didn't realize that he had lacerated his spleen until four days later. Furthermore, doctors told him at one point that he was living on "borrowed time" after they removed nearly seven liters of blood from his chest cavity and then ultimately removed his spleen on Jan. 19.
"I was hours away from going into cardiac arrest and probably wouldn't even be here," Pavano said.
Pavano, who hasn't pitched in the major leagues since June 1 because of an injured throwing shoulder, spent three weeks in the hospital recovering from his surgery, and it is uncertain when he will be able to resume his baseball career.
The Connecticut native spent the last three and a half seasons as member of the Minnesota Twins. He has also spent time with the Montreal Expos (now known as the Washington Nationals), New York Yankees, Florida Marlins (now Miami Marlins), and the Cleveland Indians.
He owns a 108-107 record in 14 big league seasons. He was named an All-Star in 2004 while pitching for the Marlins.