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Blood clot delays Mariano Rivera’s ACL surgery

May 22, 2012, 6:37 PM EDT

Mariano Rivera AP

Mariano Rivera appeared at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday and said there’s still no date for his ACL surgery after he was diagnosed with a blood clot earlier this month.

Rivera is on blood thinners for the blood clot in his right calf, preventing doctors from repairing his ACL at the moment. It still could be a couple of months until the surgery, which could put his availability for the beginning of next spring in question. Fortunately, Rivera has never needed to get many innings in during March in order to get ready for the season.

In the meantime, Rivera is walking around without crutches. He is doing leg strengthening exercises as he prepares for the eventual surgery.

Rivera suffered a torn ACL on May 3 while shagging flyballs in the outfield prior to a game.

  1. SmackSaw - May 22, 2012 at 6:46 PM

    This may actually be a good season to miss considering how the Yankees stink as of late.

    I love writing that.

  2. aceshigh11 - May 22, 2012 at 7:11 PM

    Does anyone know if the blood clot was caused BY the injury, or only detected after he was examined following the injury?

    If it’s the latter, it’s frightening that a professional athlete that obviously keeps himself in peak physical shape like Rivera could have had a serious blood clot.

    It just goes to show that living a healthy lifestyle can only get one so far…genetic predispositions to certain conditions are the great leveler. It’s scary.

    • cur68 - May 22, 2012 at 10:53 PM

      Probably we’ll never know which came first but we can talk in likelihoods. Its unlikely for a non-smoking, active, athletic person like Rivera to have a pre-existing blood clot and not notice it. They tend to be painful and the limb is tender and hot at the site of the clot. Given the trauma, the clot probably is a result of that.

      • aceshigh11 - May 23, 2012 at 1:06 AM

        That makes sense…thanks for the info.

        My best friend has a massive clot in one of his calves…it was discovered after his entire leg swelled up to an unnatural size, and he needed to be hospitalized for a few days in high school.

        Doctors don’t want to operate for fear of a piece of it breaking off and causing a stroke or an embolism, so he needs to be on Coumadin (blood thinning meds) for the rest of his life, which carries all sorts of risks in itself and has meant an end to a lot of activities he used to enjoy, like skiing.

        It’s a really scary thing…I wish Rivera all the best.

  3. pisano - May 22, 2012 at 7:52 PM

    Even Mo can’t help this bunch of over paid losers, this team needs a total revamping, this will be a lost season.

  4. pjmarn6 - May 22, 2012 at 10:08 PM

    WILL BE?????

  5. pjmarn6 - May 22, 2012 at 10:09 PM

    About time someone else recognized that ball players are overpaid losers.

  6. phillyfan4ever - May 22, 2012 at 10:23 PM


    I believe they found it while examining his leg, so yes very scary

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