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Pavano's hoped-for return to the mound has been delayed until '14

Carl Pavano's hopes for a return to baseball have been stalled until at least next year as he continues to recover from a serious injury that required removal of his spleen, his agent, Dave Pepe, said Thursday.

"Carl will not be physically able to play this year as he recovers from his spleen removal and the complications that followed,'' Pepe said via text. "His hope is that he can give it a try next year.''

Pavano, 37, suffered severe bleeding and internal injuries when he fell while shoveling snow at his Vermont home, he has said. Pavano, the former Twin, Yankee, Indian, Expo and Marlin right-hander, visited three hospitals and dealt with the loss of 6½ liters of blood, he told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "I'm just lucky to be alive," he told the Minneapolis newspaper in February.

The free agent Pavano hasn't been able to begin working out yet, and Pepe suggested he isn't close to doing so.

But the pitcher, who is 108-107 with a 4.39 ERA in his career, apparently isn't giving up hope he can pitch again.

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