(WOODBRIDGE, N.J.) — Starting pitcher Carl Pavano is calling it a career.
The 38-year-old Pavano pitched for 14 major league seasons, but hadn’t taken the mound since June 1, 2012 when he strained his right shoulder. Pavano proceeded to have his spleen removed in 2013 after getting injured while falling in the snow.
“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 in a statement released Wednesday.
“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, a former All-Star, was a part of the 2003 World Series champion Florida Marlins. During his 14 seasons, Pavano compiled a 108-107 record, with a 4.39 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP while pitching for Montreal, Florida, the New York Yankees, Cleveland, and Minnesota.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN