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Mariano Rivera expected to miss rest of season with torn ACL in right knee

May 4, 2012, 12:40 AM EDT

Mariano Rivera

UPDATE: Mariano Rivera addressed reporters a short while ago, confirming that he has a torn ACL in his right knee and also hinted that there is damage to his meniscus.

Rivera was quite emotional throughout, particularly after being asked whether he’ll attempt to come back from the injury or call it a career (via Bryan Hoch of

“At this point, I don’t know,” Rivera said, repeating softly, “At this point, I don’t know. I have to face this first.”

11:37 PM: Uh-oh. According to Bryan Hoch of, Mariano Rivera was diagnosed with a torn ACL in his right knee.

It’s being called a “preliminary report” and Rivera will travel back to New York to see team doctors, but he will almost certainly miss the rest of the season. Just awful. Let’s hope he doesn’t go out like this.

8:10 PM: YES Network has posted video of the injury. Check it out if you want to be thoroughly depressed.

7:54 PM: This is extremely preliminary, but Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Rivera was diagnosed with a “twisted right knee” after being examined by a Royals’ associate physician and Yankees trainers.

We’ll know something more definitive after he undergoes an MRI tonight.

7:35 PM: Yankees bullpen coach Mike Harkey told Sweeny Murti of WFAN that Rivera indeed slipped on the warning track while shagging fly balls on the warning track.

They actually just showed the replay of the injury on the YES broadcast and well, it doesn’t look good at all. We’re still awaiting official word on the exact nature of the injury.

7:27 PM: Troubling news for the Yankees.

According to Erik Boland of New York Newsday, Mariano was carted off the field after suffering an apparent injury to his right knee during batting practice. Sweeny Murti of WFAN reports that the injured occurred when Rivera was shagging fly balls.

Daniel Barbasi of the Wall Street Journal reports that Rivera was “smiling and laughing” as he was being carted off, but that the all-time saves leader needed to be helped into the Yankees clubhouse by manager Joe Girardi and wasn’t putting any weight on his right leg. We’ll pass along an update as soon as it’s made available.

Rivera, who has hinted at retirement following 2012, has a 2.16 ERA, five saves and an 8/2 K/BB ratio over 8 1/3 innings of work this season. The 42-year-old right-hander hasn’t had a stint on the disabled list since 2003.

  1. phillyphever - May 3, 2012 at 11:53 PM

    Sad a legendary career is gonna end like this. It should have gone down this way.

    • bigharold - May 4, 2012 at 12:13 AM

      I wouldn’t go to far with the ; “Sad a legendary career is gonna end like this.”

      Mo’s demise has been expounded upon in the past, … and look how that turned out!

      • Ben - May 4, 2012 at 12:29 AM

        He is 42 and just tore his ACL.. this time there’s actually a reason to wonder.

      • couldntthinkofaname - May 4, 2012 at 12:30 AM

        This Dodger fan hopes Mo comes back in 2013 for one more year. Class guy, class player. Get better Mo!

      • captainwisdom8888 - May 4, 2012 at 12:42 AM

        who cares

      • Old Gator - May 4, 2012 at 12:59 AM

        Thanks, Cap – the only thing this thread didn’t have yet was an imbecilic message from a complete asshole. We’re nicely rounded off now.

      • Ben - May 4, 2012 at 1:05 AM

        Captain, your name appears to be something of a misnomer.

  2. hammyofdoom - May 4, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    Son of a bitch, I was hoping it wouldnt be this. My thoughts go out to you Mo, I just really hope you can close out one more game against my Sox before you’re done, this just isnt right at all.

  3. xavier46 - May 4, 2012 at 12:36 AM

    Mo was always classy – even if you dislike the Yanks, it’s hard to dislike a guy like him.

    And the Yankees are dialing up the Pirates to get the Hammer…

    • florida76 - May 4, 2012 at 1:36 AM

      Yankees can dial all they want, Pirates have no reason to deal one of the elite closers in MLB. The club has been competitive after 25 games, so a trade doesn’t make any sense. If the Bucs collapse in June and July, then a trade is a possibility, and the return will be greater closer to the trading deadline.

      • xavier46 - May 4, 2012 at 4:45 AM

        So we go from no reason to doesn’t make sense to is a possibility???

        The Yanks will give them reasons to deal him with young prospects and in Pittsburgh it’s already widely accepted that he’s as good as gone. I didn’t say, or imply, that they are going to get him tomorrow. They will surely try out Robertson and/or Soriano and when that doesn’t work out, they will come calling. The fact is, the Bucco’s asking price just went up and if another top closer goes down, it’ll go up again. I’m sure something centered around Campos or Bichette, Jr would get the job done.

        The fact of the matter is that Hanrahan is going to be dealt and the Bronx just became the most logical spot.

    • Kevin S. - May 4, 2012 at 8:04 AM

      Why would the Yankees trade for Hanrahan? They have arguably the best reliever in baseball (Robertson), an established closer (Soriano), a pretty solid third guy (Wade), and a guy they’ll move to the bullpen once his rotation replacement is ready (Hughes). I can’t see the Yanks trading somebody like Campos or Bichette for forty innings of a marginal upgrade.

    • stlouis1baseball - May 4, 2012 at 11:10 AM

      Well stated Xavier. I am a proud Yankee “disliker” from way back.
      But it is impossible for me to NOT like Mariano.
      The Guy was still productive as hell as a 42 year old.
      Personally, I am hoping he heals completely and goes out on his own terms.
      End of next year…2014…2015 whevever it is.

  4. phukyouk - May 4, 2012 at 12:37 AM

    judge me or thmbs down me if you want but i actually shed a teqr on hearing about the ACL

    • Old Gator - May 4, 2012 at 1:02 AM

      I got a sick feeling in my stomach. Well, if this is the end, I think he can at least be pretty secure in the knowledge that even that generally useless gang of miscreants, reprobates, dimwits, poltroons, pinheads, peabrains, sots and archsots, runagates, smellsmocks, lobcocks, rakes and clowns who make up the BBWAA are going to shoo him into the Hall on the first ballot.

  5. mydadyourmom - May 4, 2012 at 1:00 AM

    way she goes. go jays.

    • Old Gator - May 4, 2012 at 8:50 AM

      The Jays are a classy team. Toronto is a classy city. They both deserve classier fans than you are.

    • drewsylvania - May 4, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      You don’t have class. Instead, you go to it

  6. seaner44 - May 4, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    End of an ERA

  7. itsmekirill - May 4, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    This is the saddest I’ve ever felt about anything to do with baseball.

    Here’s hoping that Mo comes back next year and keeps dominating the league.

    • xavier46 - May 4, 2012 at 1:27 AM

      Ever heard of Roberto Clemente?

      • nothanksimdriving123 - May 4, 2012 at 2:01 AM

        I was thinking the very same thing. And Munson. And Adenhart. And on and on. Though one of the saddest things I’ve ever seen actually on the diamond was in the 1973 Series when Willie Mays caught a fly ball but had to toss the ball to a teammate for the throw back to the infield. Tears. One of the Truly Greats was clearly done. This is kind of like that.

      • drewsylvania - May 4, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        To be fair, it’s been a generation or two since then.

  8. jwbiii - May 4, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    If this is the end, it was a helluva way to do it. Sorry, Yankees fans. 😦

    His career should have ended facing Chipper in Game 7 with the go ahead run on second.

  9. mungman69 - May 4, 2012 at 1:30 AM

    Can’t pitch forever

    • nworca - May 4, 2012 at 1:54 AM

      Tell that to Jamie Moyer. Just kidding. I’ve never enjoyed seeing a pitcher put down my team more than watching Mariano throw the same pitch 3 times to each batter, but each pitch coming in one mph faster. Edgar Martinez hit him well, but not any of the other Mariners.

  10. patsfiend - May 4, 2012 at 1:51 AM

    Good luck on the rehab Mo. As a Sox fan, lots of respect for Mariano. One of the greats. Too bad he goes out this way. Awesome guy.

  11. erk877 - May 4, 2012 at 3:05 AM

    Lifelong Sox fan here. This is never the way I wanted to see Mo’s career end. Classiest man in the game-a classic warrior in the best sense. Given the current state of the closer role, he is truly an historic figure. He also has elevated a single pitch, the cutter, to arguably the most important in a modern pitcher’s arsenal.
    For as much heartache as he has caused me over the years, the game will be less compelling with him gone.
    Next stop Cooperstown. All the best, #42, you’ll be remembered by all true fans as one of the all-time greats.

    • Old Gator - May 4, 2012 at 8:52 AM

      Small correction: at his position, he will be remembered as the all time great.

      • drewsylvania - May 4, 2012 at 2:46 PM

        Yep. Easily the greatest reliever of all time, even if he didn’t pitch long outings.

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