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Mariano Rivera plays long toss. No, he still isn’t coming back this year.

Aug 13, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

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Every time Mariano Rivera says or does something even moderately encouraging, the Yankees are quick to come out and say that he isn’t coming back this season. Today was no different.

According to Steven Miller of MLB.com, Rivera threw in the outfield at Yankee Stadium prior to tonight’s game against the Rangers. Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild told manager Joe Girardi that the all-time saves leader “looked pretty good” a little over two months removed from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee. Still, Girardi tried his best to shoot down any speculation about a possible return this year.

“I don’t see it happening.”

“When you’re a baseball player and you can’t do the things you used to do, as soon as you can do it, you try it. That’s probably what Mo did.”

“Joey Buzzkill” has a better ring to it than “Binder Boy,” wouldn’t you say?

  1. yankeesgameday - Aug 13, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    He played catch and shagged some fly balls.

    Psyche! Hey, I said psyche in 2012, I should get bonus points for that.

  2. panktics - Aug 13, 2012 at 10:23 PM

    Wish he’d come back. Check out my Yankees/celtics/packers blog at panktics.wordpress.com

    • zzalapski - Aug 13, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      No.

      • 1historian - Aug 14, 2012 at 5:53 AM

        zz – ditto

  3. jfk69 - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:10 AM

    Let’s cut the BS. That acl tear was not on his plant and push off leg. Rather it was on the free knee. He could probably pitch now if needed. Most definitely in a month.
    If the Yankees need him in the playoffs or WS who will say no to the great Rivera in his final year of his contract and career.
    He will trot out like Willis Reed at the Garden,while the Yankee fans at the stadium go nuts. Another magic Yankee moment. The script is written. All that needs for this to happen, is for the Yankees to make the WS and Rivera gets his wish. In his own words at the time of injury. ” I CAN NOT GO OUT LIKE THIS.”

  4. jfk69 - Aug 14, 2012 at 12:19 AM

    Rivera throws caution to the wind and starts shagging fly balls after recent shagging mishap. Fungo bats now banned at Stadium by Girardi.

  5. thatyankeedude - Aug 14, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    That would be tight if the Yankees kept him on the playoff roster and he comes in the ninth inning of game seven of the WS and strikes out the side. * doesn’t hurt to dream lol*

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