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Mariano Rivera has a sore triceps

Jul 5, 2011, 9:12 AM EDT

Who will bridge the gap to Mo? Getty Images

A sore triceps muscle is normally not all that newsworthy because, really, simply opening a stubborn pickle jar and give a guy a sore triceps muscle. But when that guy is someone as bulletproof and essential as Mariano Rivera, it is at least worthy of mention.

A sore triceps kept Rivera out of yesterday’s game against the Indians. Well, technically the fact that the Yankees were losing and had no need for their closer did, but Rivera likely wouldn’t have been available anyway. He first felt the injury after his blown save against the Mets on Sunday, but he didn’t tell anyone about it until he got to Cleveland yesterday.

He said he’s not concerned about it. Joe Girardi isn’t either. ┬áPersonally, I have learned over the past 15 years that you don’t worry about or count out Mariano Rivera unless and until his arm is physically ripped from his body, so this is probably not a big deal.

But it is worth watching, because everyone grows old eventually, and when you grow old things start to bug you more. And that’s presumably true for even Mariano Rivera.

  1. Kevin S. - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:16 AM

    Shut him down for a little bit, hopefully he won’t have to pitch in the ASG either… a week and a half off should be more than enough time to get him right again.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jul 5, 2011 at 4:23 PM

      He shouldnt even play in the all star game if he has this issue, rest up for the games that actually matter

  2. pisano - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    They have plenty of solid relief pitchers and Robertson can close until Mo gets back. Not to worry.

  3. yankeesfanlen - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    If we would field a little better, and be up to usual standards in hitting, we will not need him for the next six days.
    Oh, and keep those picle jars away, they’ve been the ruin of many a young man.

  4. trevorb06 - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:31 AM


    • Kevin S. - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:38 AM


    • mcchef - Jul 5, 2011 at 11:16 AM

      Wow. No. Triceps.

      • trevorb06 - Jul 5, 2011 at 11:18 AM

        Obviously you don’t read this blog enough to know about the commenter named halladaysbicepts. He is quite an annoyance on here whom many people speak lowly of, therefore my saying tricepts is an insult to his 2nd grade spelling education. :-)

  5. ditto65 - Jul 5, 2011 at 10:21 AM

    This is the same guy that pitched part of a season with a calcification of the acromioclavicular joint (shoulder), which required surgery after the season.

    He will be fine.

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