Carl Pavano's spleen was removed last week after the pitcher was injured when he fell in the snow. Pavano spent the past 3 1/2 seasons with the Minnesota Twins, going 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA in 11 starts last year. Pavano spent the past 3 1-2 seasons with the Minnesota Twins, going 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA in 11 starts last year. A heralded free agent after the 2004 season, Pavano signed a $39.95 million, four-year contract with the New York Yankees but then was sidelined by injuries to his shoulder, back, buttocks, elbow and ribs and became a target of criticism for Yankees fans and New York media. It was very, very serious," agent David Pepe said Monday. He would not put a timetable on the free agent's possible return to baseball. The 37-year-old right-hander was hurt in mid-January at his home in Vermont and has been in a Connecticut hospital for nearly two weeks. "He lost a lot of blood.