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Carl Pavano reportedly ruptured his spleen while shoveling snow

Carl-Pavano-TwinsApparently it doesn’t even have to be baseball season for MLB players to keep piling up the bizarre injuries. Free agent starting pitcher Carl Pavano is the latest victim, and his injury is fairly serious. According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the 37-year-old right-hander recently suffered an injury while shoveling snow outside of his home in Vermont.

Pavano reportedly slipped and fell while he was shoveling off his driveway, causing him to rupture his spleen. He is expected to be sidelined for six to eight weeks.

Take it from one who knows — shoveling snow ain’t no cakewalk. When I was growing up and my dad started to push 40, my mother was always on my case to make sure I was helping him clear the snow and that he wasn’t trying to do too much. This is why.

On Tuesday, we learned that Francisco Liriano fractured his arm when he slipped and fell in his bathroom. Haven’t these MLB pitchers ever heard of slippery surfaces? In any event, Pavano will likely have to look to hire some kid for $10 an hour to clear the snow in front of his house for the remainder of the winter. Here’s hoping he has a speedy recovery and can still find work with some MLB team.

Carl Pavano Brings Back the Mustache, Throws a Shutout (Picture)

Why did Carl Pavano ever shave the mustache?  The thing was epic and led him to a 17-11 season a year ago.  Was the Twins pitcher afraid he might end up looking like A.J. Pierzynski?  Was he intimidated by Barry Zito’s full mustache and its whimsical healing powers?  Perhaps he did not want to disrespect the Super Bowl MVP by placing himself on the same facial hair level.  Whatever the case, it is now official: Pavano and the Twins need the stache.  Crazy Carl brought the stache back on Wednesday night and threw his first shutout of a disappointing season. Check it out:

Pavano told the Star Tribune after the game that he wanted to go John Axford and rock the handlebar stache, but his facial hair refuses to cooperate.

“I don’t know what else to say; everyone wants to point to the ‘stache,” Pavano said. “I’m not that superstitious, but I was trying to have a little fun. And we definitely had some fun tonight winning the ballgame, so whatever you have to do.”

Twins fans and facial hair fans across America can expect to be able to enjoy the mustache for most, if not all, of the 2012 season.

Video: Carl Pavano Freaks Out on Trash Can After Royals Outing

Could it be?  No, come on.  Has the mustache lost its luster?  Contrary to popular LBS belief, facial hair may not be everything after all.  Twins ace Carl Pavano finished a terrible month of April on Sunday with a loss to the Royals.  His ERA through six starts is 5.84.  We know Pavano’s head isn’t right because of his reaction after his rough outing in Kansas City.  Any sensible pitcher would take out their frustrations on the water cooler.  For whatever reason, Pavano picked a different victim.  Check out the video of Carl Pavano smashing a trash can, courtesy of Hardball Talk:

One thing I will give Carl credit for is using a bat.  A lot of pitchers (yes you, A.J. Burnett) smash things with their hands and end up hurting themselves in the process.  Either Pavano was being mindful of his health or he thought the bat would do more damage.  Something tells me it was the latter.

Carl Pavano Starting Opening Day? Yanks Are Doomed

There are some things in the sporting world I just don’t understand. Probably right at the top of that list would be Carl Pavano starting the 2007 season opener for the New York Yankees. Yes, I understand that Chien-Ming Wang got hurt, but please, Carl Pavano wouldn’t even beat out Dontrelle Willis to start opening day for his previous team, the Marlins.Â

To give you a perspective on the Yankees, you would be lucky if your entire fantasy baseball roster was full of them. Think about it — it’s an All-Star at every position — literally. Matsui, Damon, and Abreu in the outfield are as solid as it gets. Going through the infield you have A-Rod, Jeter, Cano, and Doug Ment-kay-vich?!?!? at 1B, Posada behind the dish, and Giambi DH-ing. I said it last year — you’d be hard pressed to find a better lineup than that, probably ever. Those guys combined for over 30 All-Star appearances, just think about that.

But man, when you consider the pitching in the rest of the division, you have to wonder how the Yankees rotation became so pathetic. Let me say this, there is at least one pitcher on every other team in the AL East I’d rather have starting Opening Day than Carl Pavano. Give me Kazmir, give me Bedard, give me the Red Sox No. 3 Josh Beckett (let alone Schilling and Dice-K), and of course I’ll take Roy Halladay, and even AJ Burnett, all over Hot Carl.

It’s this type of thinking that makes me wonder — why isn’t Mike Mussina starting the opener? What has he done wrong? Has he not earned his Yankee stripes? How can he possibly be held with more contempt in the eyes of the Yankees than Carl Pavano? Andy Pettitte’s a better option than Pavano, but he just came over to New York, so I understand how it would be somewhat disrespectful for him to be up there. But why not the Moose? This is insane.

When you look at the Yankees and see the incredible offense, it’s enough power to guarantee 95 wins. But when you look at the starting pitching (and I realize this has been the problem for quite some time), it’s very average. There’s no wonder the Yankees haven’t won a World Series since the days Brian Cashman didn’t have donuts under his eyes.

Unfortunately for New York, it’s not fantasy baseball. Real baseball is all about the pitching. And when you have Carl ‘effin Pavano starting your season opener, you better pray (and pay) to get Roger Clemens, otherwise you’re toast. Memo to all fans of the Bronx Bombers: unless you sign Clemens and pull off a serious trade, you can kiss 2007 off, just like the past six years.