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2/26/2014 5:56 P.M. ET

Citing injuries, Pavano announces retirement

Right-hander's comeback bid falls short after 14 seasons in Major Leagues

Veteran right-hander Carl Pavano has decided to retire after 14 Major League seasons, his agent told MLB Trade Rumors.

Pavano, 38, had been attempting a comeback after not pitching in the Majors last season. His 2012 season also ended prematurely because of injury, and he sustained a ruptured spleen that winter.

"Despite my strong desire to compete and hard work in preparing for the upcoming season," Pavano told MLB Trade Rumors through his agent, "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 added: "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's best season came in 2004 with the Marlins, when he was 18-8 with a 3.00 ERA in 31 starts to earn his lone All-Star nod and finish sixth in the National League Cy Young Award voting.

He signed a four-year, $39.95-million contract with the Yankees the following season but sustained numerous injuries while in New York.

Pavano was able to rebound after his time with the Yankees, highlighted by his 2010 campaign with the Twins in which he went 17-11 with a 3.75 ERA in 32 starts.

For his career, he was 108-107 with a 4.39 ERA for the Expos, Marlins, Yankees, Indians and Twins.

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.