Stemming off of last week's 25-pitch session, his first versus live batters since last April before tearing his right ACL on May 3 in Kansas City, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera increased his workload this morning. As per Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com, Rivera threw 32 pitches in this morning's session versus live batting, which usually is a week's worth of activity for the 43-year-old closer.
It is anticipated that Rivera is still roughly 10 days, maybe even a little north of that, away from making his first game appearance of the spring. As camp is still in its inception, Rivera has successfully participated in all throwing and pitchers fielding practice sessions, showing good lateral movement and no lingering effects of last May's injury. Furthermore, as Rivera expects to wear an apparatus on his right knee all season, it has yet to hinder his movement on and around the mound.
As Major League Baseball's all-time saves leader, Rivera will look to continue his legendary career and add on to already incomparable numbers. All indications, from Rivera and the organization, confirm that he's on pace for Monday, April 1, when the Boston Red Sox come to town for opening day.
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