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MARIANO RIVERA’S SURGERY WILL HAVE TO WAIT
Mon, 14 May 2012 01:39 PM EDT

Mariano Rivera said that when his agent referred to “complications” during an examination of his injured knee, he was talking with reference to a blood clot in Rivera’s right calf. NFL scores

The 42-year-old Rivera tore the anterior cruciate ligament and damaged the meniscus in his right knee at Kansas City when he stumbled and dropped while shagging a fly ball during batting exercise. He most likely will miss the remainder of the season.

Rivera also disclosed that his strategy all along was to come back and play next year. Rivera asserted during the spring training he was “1,000%” sure what he would decide after this year, leaving most to believe that he may retire.

Even with his knee injury predicted to keep him out this season, he reaffirmed he’s going to return in 2013.

Rivera, who will make $17 million this season, will have to agree to a new deal.

Rivera’s agent, Fernando Cuza, declared Rivera had “complications” when he went to see New York-based doctors about his injured knee.

Rivera asserted the blood clot wasn’t discovered until he met with doctors.

Rivera mentioned to the doctors he had soreness in his calf. They discovered the clot. “I was scared,” Rivera said.

Rivera stayed at the hospital and immediately went on blood thinners. The blood clot is predicted to completely heal. Rivera didn’t know if the clot was a result of the accident in Kansas City or if it happened at some other point.

“Perhaps it was a blessing,” Rivera said.”I always say it like that. I like to say that things happen for a good reason. I was more concerned with the blood clot than the knee. I was like, ‘What else can happen? ‘To me, it’s a blessing. I take it the way it is. I didn’t ask why it happened. I didn’t ask how it happened. I just [say,] ‘How we handle it? ‘”

Rivera will not have surgical treatment for a few weeks so he can allow his knee to strengthen.

“I will be back as soon as I can,” Rivera said, not ruling out a come back this season.

Rivera announced he’s going to come back unless there are indications that it is his time to go. “I wish to do that, but I am not sure what the Lord has for me,” Rivera asserted. Yankees manager Joe Girardi grew emotional after last Tuesday’s win. Girardi discussed the notecard he keeps with his reliever listed from his closer on top to his long man on bottom. This week, he moved Robertson to the head of the list and dropped Rivera from the card.

“I look forward to see him back in a Yankee uniform,” executive Joe Girardi said.

When or if Rivera does come back, one thing that won’t change will be shagging fly balls during batting practice, even though that’s how he hurt himself.

“No doubt,” Rivera recounted. “Believe it. No doubt. I am not sure if the Yankees will let me do it, but they are going to have to tie me down.”


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