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."
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.
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