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Mariano Rivera runs into “complications”

May 8, 2012, 9:11 AM EDT

Mariano Rivera AP

This is scary, mostly because of how little information is actually provided. It seems that Mariano Rivera met with surgeons who were supposed to confirm his initial diagnosis and then set a date for his ACL surgery. Except … they didn’t:

“We ran into complications,’’ agent Fernando Cuza told The Post. “I am referring to Dr. Ahmad and [Yankees general manager] Brian Cashman for further information.’’

Neither Cuza nor the Yankees would elaborate on what was discovered when Rivera met with Yankees team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad, Dr. Russell Warren, the Giants’ physician, and David Altchek, the Mets’ doctor, who performed surgery on Rivera’s shoulder after the 2008 season.

I’m hoping that what happened is that they gave him and MRI and confirmed what we’ve all suspected for a long time: that he’s a cyborg, thereby making surgery unnecessary.  I worry, however, that that’s not what it is.

UPDATE: Marchand hears that it’s “nothing serious.”

  1. Lukehart80 - May 8, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Oof. The Yankees drive me nuts, but baseball is much better with Mariano Rivera involved. I hope this proves to me less serious than it sounds, and that he’s able to make a full recovery and come back for a couple more seasons.

  2. cur68 - May 8, 2012 at 9:27 AM

    I fear not for Mariano. This will just add to the legend of the T2002: more man than machine. More weapon than pitcher. More fire breathing dragon than…something. He’ll be back.

    Good luck, Mo.

    • Old Gator - May 8, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      “More human than human” was the old Tyrell Corporation replicant slogan, if recall aright.

      • cur68 - May 8, 2012 at 10:35 PM

        Nailed it.

      • Glenn - May 8, 2012 at 11:35 PM

        Rob Zombie was singing about Mariano. If you look at some of the grainy footage at the time of injury, you can see electrical wires coming out of the knee. Also, in certain light, you can see a weird reflection in Mariano’s eyes not unlike that Tyrell Corporation produced owl.

  3. stinkfist5 - May 8, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    Maybe he doesnt have an ACL at all (possible), and all he needs is rehab, no surgery.

  4. Kevin S. - May 8, 2012 at 9:42 AM

    “Mariano Rivera’s ACL recon is delayed. There’s a lot of things that can ‘complicate’ surgery, so don’t take this as a negative.” – Will Carroll a couple of minutes ago.

    Hey, anybody know how you do that fancy tweet embedding thing?

    • CJ - May 8, 2012 at 9:54 AM

      though he’s right, there are a lot of things that can complicate surgery, I’ve yet to hear of one with anything other than a negative connotation.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 8, 2012 at 10:30 AM

      tweet embedding thing

      You need the direct link to the tweet, don’t ask me how I did it with the pic of Amanda McCarthy as it was blind luck. Then just like a youtube embed, just post the entire link and it imbeds, no need for any html coding.

  5. homelanddefense - May 8, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    As a Red Sox fan I truly hope he pitches again. I have a ton of respect for this guy, and dont want him to go out like this.

  6. latchbeam - May 8, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    He has to be a robot!!

  7. randygnyc - May 8, 2012 at 9:55 AM

    Excessive fluid build up? Maybe MCL tear too (worst possible thing)? Maybe the knee bone isn’t suitable for a graft? Maybe a cadaver transplant won’t work for Mariano? These things could delay or even make surgical repair impossible.

  8. teamobijuan - May 8, 2012 at 9:59 AM

    “Deferring” is the term the agent meant to use.

  9. pbuff - May 8, 2012 at 10:02 AM

    They’re probably waiting till the swelling goes down further before scheduling surgery. I had my ACL repaired and had to wait to set a surgery date. This should be a non-issue.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - May 8, 2012 at 10:31 AM

      It’s been about 4 days though, shouldn’t the swelling have gone down by now?

  10. randygnyc - May 8, 2012 at 10:03 AM

    I think worse case scenario is that Lenox hill hospital orthotics makes an external “de-rotation” brace that essentially keeps the knee stable in place of an ACL. They are custom casted (I have one). I’m not sure if it can be trusted with such torque on his back leg pitching. If fitted correctly, the knee won’t subluxate.

  11. aceshigh11 - May 8, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    “Listen, and understand. Mariano is out there. He doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear! And he absolutely WILL NOT STOP…UNTIL YOU ARE OUT!”

    — Kyle Reese, Terminator

  12. sdelmonte - May 8, 2012 at 11:50 AM

    Irresponsible of his agent to say anything like this. Either provide details or keep quiet. He didn’t do Mo any favors by going public this way.

  13. JB (the original) - May 8, 2012 at 1:40 PM

    Wouldn’t even need to necessarily be knee related. Maybe they found something during the initial blood test that needs to be taken care of before he can undergo surgery….

  14. henryd3rd - May 8, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    David Altchek, the Mets’ doctor? Why is Mariano be examined by the Mets’ physcian? Just a question.

    • cackalackyank - May 8, 2012 at 10:30 PM

      …because we all know that the Met’s players find themselves needing a Doctor frequently, so the guy is VERY exerienced, and this year the Yankees are needng Doctors like they were….the Met’s…or the Red Sox for that matter.

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