Ex-Twin Pavano decides to retire

  • Updated: February 27, 2014 - 7:58 AM
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Right hand pitcher Carl Pavano warmed up his arm at Hammond Stadium during spring training with the Twins in 2012.

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Former Twins pitcher Carl Pavano is retiring after 14 major league seasons.

The 38-year-old righthander didn’t pitch after June 1 in 2012 because of a strained right shoulder. His spleen was removed in January 2013 after he was injured when he fell in the snow at his home in Vermont.

Pavano had been hoping to return to the major leagues this year.

“Despite my strong desire to compete and hard work in preparing for the upcoming season, I feel that the amount of time lost from my spleen injury, coupled with the recovery from my complications from that injury, preclude me from continuing to compete at my highest level, which is necessary to perform in the major leagues,” Pavano said.

“I have achieved many things as a major league pitcher of which I am very proud. However, I feel at this time, I am simply not able to continue to pitch at the major league level, and these last three months of rigorous training have failed to produce the results that I was looking for to allow me to continue my major league career.”

Pavano, an All-Star in 2004, was 108-107 with a 4.39 ERA for Montreal (1998-02), Florida (2002-04), the Yankees (2005, 2007-08), Cleveland (2009) and Minnesota (2009-12). He was 33-33 with a 4.32 ERA with the Twins, including going 17-10 with a 3.75 ERA in 2010.

“It has been an honor and a privilege to have been a major league baseball player, and the gratitude I have for being able to do that is profound and beyond any expression I can make in words,” he said.

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