Yankees' Mariano Rivera tears ACL, future in doubt
New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera tore a ligament in his right knee injury that could potentially end his career.
- Baseball's all-time saves leader was carted off the field after twisting his right knee shagging flyballs during batting practice before the Yankees' 4-3 loss at Kansas City.
- "It's not a good situation, but again, we've been through this before, and we're being tested one more time," Rivera said, pausing to compose himself in the Yankees' clubhouse. "It's more mentally than physical, you know? You feel like you let your team down."
The 42-year-old Rivera has said that he'll decide after the season whether hang it up after 18 years in the major leagues. And while Girardi said he hopes that baseball's career saves leader makes a comeback, Rivera sounded as if retirement is a very real possibility.
- "At this point, I don't know," he said in a whisper. "Going to have to face this first. It all depends on how the rehab is going to happen, and from there, we'll see."
The injury seemed to cast a pall over the Yankees, who played from behind the entire way Thursday night. They put the tying run on third base in the ninth inning before Mike Moustakas made a stellar play on a chopper by Rodriguez, throwing him out by a step to preserve the win.
- Social media users share their views on Twitter and Facebook.
- Can't believe we have lost Mariano Rivera! Torn rt acl! I hope this is not it...I hope for all the best and a speedy recovery to one hell of a man! David Robertson, you have some Huge shoes to fill! #NewYorkYankeesBaseball
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