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New York Yankees’ Mariano Rivera: I’ll Be Ready by Opening Day

December 13th, 2012 at 8:40 AM
By Daniel Sirianni

After missing a majority of last season with a torn ACL, followed by a tough decision of choosing to retire or return for another season, New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is now optimistic about being ready for Opening Day next season. 

'Mariano Rivera' photo (c) 2007, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

"Oh yeah, I don't see why not," Rivera said. We have at least three months, four months to that point. I'll be ready." 

The injury took place in early May as Rivera was shagging fly balls in the outfield during batting practice before a game in Kansas City against the Royals. 

While Rivera did not want to end his career that way, at 43 years old, recovering from surgery and returning to the mound was not going to be easy. However, Mo is feeling good and closing in on his return to the field, though a date has not been set. 

"I don't want to give you a number, I don't want to speculate, but I'm feeling good," Rivera said. "The leg is getting stronger and stronger, and that's it. You have to give it time. I am doing my part, and time is doing its part." 

Once Mo was set on returning for another season, the Yankees quickly signed the future Hall of Famer to a one-year deal worth $10 million. 

In nine games last season, Rivera picked up five saves and a win with a 2.16 ERA. His last full season, in 2011, he saved 44 games with a 1.91 ERA in 64 appearances. 

Rivera holds the all-time saves record with 608 career saves. He also holds the postseason saves record with 42 career saves in the playoffs. 

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