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Mariano Rivera making progress following vocal cord surgery

Jan 7, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

Mariano Rivera

Mariano Rivera hasn’t had any setbacks since undergoing surgery early last month to remove polyps on his vocal cords. In fact, he spent a couple hours earlier today coaching some youth players during a clinic at the Frozen Ropes baseball facility in Pine Brook, New Jersey.

According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, the all-time saves leader has been speaking regularly for a couple weeks now and has one more follow-up appointment with doctors during which he hopes to get cleared to begin preparations for the season.

“I was worried about something else, even though the doctor says it doesn’t look like it,” Rivera said on Saturday morning, in his first public comments since undergoing throat surgery on Dec. 2. “But I had peace when the results came and everything was negative. Thank God, everything’s good. I’m just trying to get ready for spring training.”

Rivera, 42, posted a 1.91 ERA, 44 saves and a 60/8 K/BB ratio over 61 1/3 innings last season. While he continues to defy age and build on his reputation as the best relief pitcher ever, he has yet to declare his intentions beyond 2012.

  1. slavetothetrafficlight - Jan 7, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    too many panamanian cigars

  2. sdelmonte - Jan 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    As always, his cutter will do the talking for him.

  3. tn16 - Jan 8, 2012 at 2:53 AM

    He said GOT HEEEM to much

  4. Old Gator - Jan 8, 2012 at 6:20 PM

    Don’t worry. We’ll get him Slobbering Ozzie as a speech therapist and he’ll be nattering a blue streak inside of a month.

  5. bigharold - Jan 8, 2012 at 8:40 PM

    “… he has yet to declare his intentions beyond 2012.”

    Cause he old school. He;ll let his kicking ass and talking names declare what needs to be declared.

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