The Rockies are no longer looking at free agent starter Carl Pavano, Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports (via Twitter). It's likely that the team backed off its pursuit due to Pavano recently suffering a ruptured spleen, according to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Pavano is expected to need six-to-eight weeks to recuperate from the injury, which occurred while he was shoveling snow at his home.
The Mets and Rockies had both recently been linked to Pavano and New York had already moved on, agreeing to sign Shaun Marcum earlier today. Colorado has been looking to sign either Pavano or Derek Lowe this week though Renck reported yesterday that the Rockies weren't close to signing either pitcher. It's hard to see Pavano finding a new team before Opening Day given that he'll miss most of Spring Training and was already an injury risk given that he missed the last four months of the 2012 season with a shoulder injury.