Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees is interviewed outside of team's clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium May 4, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. Rivera tore an ACL while shagging balls during batting practice before a game against the Kansas City Royals on May 3. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Mariano Rivera Injury Update: Yankees Closer Ahead Of Schedule In Rehab

Mariano Rivera went down before a May 3 game against the Royals with a torn ACL and meniscus. He underwent successful surgery on the ACL on June 12.

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Mariano Rivera Injury Update: Could Yankees Closer Make 2012 Return?

For most players, a return from an ACL tear can be a long and tough process. That's why many thought that New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera would chose not to come back for the 2013 season.

Those who thought the future Hall-of-Famer was going to hang-up his cleats were wrong, and soon many could be wrong about the date of Rivera's return to the big leagues, says Joel Sherman of the New York Post:

For in our conversation yesterday, Pyne also said Rivera is "working his butt off," is well ahead of schedule in rehab and "is itching to get back."

He added, that Rivera "will be in the best position to accomplish that goal [pitching this year]. He’s got everything it takes to accomplish that. ... If I was putting money on it, I would put my money on Mo."

If Rivera is to return, says Pyne via Sherman, it probably will be very late in the season as he cannot resume any running or throwing until late July. If Rivera is to return it probably will not be until October -- much like Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo did in '08, when he tore his ACL on May 1st.
"You have to let the ACL scar down, it is just being cautious," Pyne said. "So right now we are establishing all the neuro-connections in his knee, foot and back going to the brain so that when he starts to load there are no complications. It is Dr. Altchek’s call he will tell us when [Rivera] can begin weight bearing. In the meantime we are getting him ready to accept load. Once you do that, that is the hard part and he is already ready to go. When you do that, when you get to load bearing, recovery time speeds up immensely."

See Pinstripe Alley for more discussion and analysis of the Yankees. Check back with SB Nation New York for more information about Rivera's injury.

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Mariano Rivera Injury Update: Yankees Closer Sets June 12 For Surgery Date

New York Yankees injured reliever Mariano Rivera finally has a June 12 date set for surgery on his knee. (via SI.com).

Rivera, 42, tore his ACL and damaged his meniscus while shagging flyballs on May 3 before a game against the Kansas City Royals. His surgery has been delayed because doctors were waiting for a blood clot in his right calf to clear up. That clot is now gone and Rivera is fit to have the surgery. There is no timetable set for his return after the surgery but Rivera did say that he intends on playing at the beginning of next season.

David Altchek, the New York Mets' team doctor, will perform the surgery on Rivera's knee.

Rivera is the MLB all-time leader in saves with 608.

See Pinstripe Alley for more discussion and analysis of the Yankees. Check back with SB Nation New York in this StoryStream for more information about Rivera's status.

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Mariano Rivera Injury Update: Yankees Closer Still Hasn't Set Date For Surgery

Injured New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has yet to set a date for ACL surgery. Doctors are reportedly waiting for a blood clot in his right calf to clear and flexibility to increase. The Yankees closer walked around the clubhouse comfortably Tuesday, surprising manager Joe Girardi given the extent of the injury. Neither Rivera nor Girardi seemed worried about the wait to undergo surgery.

"It may take a little longer now, but from what I hear it may be shorter on the other side," Girardi said.

Rivera tore his ACL shagging fly balls before the Yankees' May 3 matchup against the Kansas City Royals. The legendary closer remains steadfast in his vow to return to the mound, despite murmurs at the time that the injury would be career ending for the 42-year-old.

See Pinstripe Alley for more discussion and analysis of the Yankees. Check back with SB Nation New York in this StoryStream for more information about Rivera's status.

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[VIDEO] Mariano Rivera Reacts To Torn ACL

An obviously emotional Mariano Rivera said "I don't know" when asked about his future following the news that he will be lost for the season to the New York Yankees after suffering a torn ACL and meniscus. Rivera suffered the injury shagging fly balls Thursday prior to the team's game in Kansas City. [Full transcript via Star-Ledger]

Here are a couple of excerpts from Rivera's post-game meeting with reporters:

Did you think it was going to be that serious?

No, I thought it wasn't that bad I was walking a little bit but, um, no it's torn. I have to fix it.

You're out there every day shagging fly balls...

I don't want to have it any other way, if I'm going to have it happen like that, well at least it happened doing what I love to do and shagging (fly balls), I love to do. If I had to do it all over again, I would do it again no hesitation. There are reasons why it happens, you have to take it the way it is and fight, fight through it. Now we just have to fight, just fight.

What have doctors told you?

I haven't talked to the doctors yet, I just talked to the doctors here but I haven't talked to the doctors in New York...I just want to think, pray a little before I make a decision, so whatever happens....

Regarding your future?

At this point I don't know, at this point I don't know. We have to face this first.

-- See Pinstripe Alley for more reaction

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Mariano Rivera Injury Update: 'Twisted Knee' Is Initial Diagnosis

The initial report on the knee injury suffered by Mariano Rivera is a "twisted knee." Rivera, the great New York Yankees closer, was reportedly examined immediately after suffering the injury by Dr. Dr. Joe Nolan, a Kansas City Royals team physician, and is being sent for an MRI during the Yankees game Thursday against the Royals.

Rivera was injured while shagging fly balls during pre-game warmups, as the video below shows.

Several of the Yankee beat reporters at the game noted that shagging fly balls is something Rivera, 42, has done prior to nearly every Yankees game during his career.

Rivera is 1-1 with a 2.16 ERA in nine games this season and has five saves. He is baseball's all-time saves leader with 608 for his career.

The Yankees, and Yankee fans everywhere, can only hope that Rivera's injury is not worse than the initial diagnosis. We will keep you posted as the story develops.

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Mariano Rivera Injury: Yankees Closer Injures Knee While Shagging Fly Balls

Mariano Rivera went down before Thursday's game against the Royals with a knee injury sustained during batting practice.

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