Mariano Rivera Suffers Torn ACL

THURSDAY: Rivera told reporters that he plans to return to baseball, tweets Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News"I am coming back. Write it down in big letters. … I'm not going out like this," said the closer.

WEDNESDAY, 11:40pm: Mariano Rivera appears to have suffered a torn ACL in his right knee, Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters after tonight's 4-3 loss in Kansas City.  Rivera suffered the injury while chasing a fly ball during batting practice earlier today, a pre-game ritual that Rivera has undertaken throughout his entire career. The ace closer will consult with doctors tomorrow in New York and, if the initial diagnosis is confirmed, Rivera will miss the rest of the 2012 season. 

Speculation has already begun that Rivera's career could be over, as the right-hander had hinted during Spring Training that this would be his final season.  A disconsolate Rivera told reporters (including MLB.com's Bryan Hoch and Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan) that he wasn't sure if he would ever pitch again and that he would first have to get through the rehab process before deciding if he could continue as a Major Leaguer.  It's hard to imagine that Rivera would allow his legendary career to end in such ignominious fashion, and yet, as Bob Klapisch points out (Twitter link), Rivera could also see his injury as a sign that it's time to leave the sport. 

Needless to say, Rivera's injury is a huge blow to both the Yankees and, if his career is indeed over, to baseball as a whole.  For now, David Robertson or Rafael Soriano will have big shoes to fill as New York's next closer.  The Yankees could also now explore the trade market for relief pitching or explore such options as moving Phil Hughes back to the bullpen.


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125 Comments on "Mariano Rivera Suffers Torn ACL"


Yanks48
3 years 3 months ago

Devastating. I don’t want Ro or So to close. That’s been Mos spot for the past 15 years. It should end on his terms, not an injury like this. 

Infield Fly
3 years 2 months ago

It’s bad but don’t assume he’s done. Just be a fan and hold out some hope – even if it’s just a teeny bit. It’s not over yet! :)

HobokenMetsFan
3 years 2 months ago

I can’t imagine him ending his career like this, he’s too much of a competitor. Speedy recovery, Mo.

55saveslives
3 years 2 months ago

 I’m a yankee hater, but Mo has always been a class act. I hope he gets to come back and leave later on his terms.

Tko11
3 years 2 months ago

Ro or So??? Abbreviations really needed there? Anyway I don’t see why you wouldn’t want Robertson to close, he will most likely be the heir to the closer role and he’s been lights out. On the other hand I think they should use Soriano to close since he has plenty of experience in that role and he is insanely overpaid as a reliever. He can make up some value if he can close well. 

captainjeter
3 years 2 months ago

now this is  a mute point. Be glad that Mo said that he is not going out this way and will be back. 
Since this is Mariano  and he has a very strong work  ethic , I trust that he will do everything he can to come back. It ain’t over , yet folks. 

Jose_Bautista
3 years 3 months ago

Sad way to go out.

I’d have imagined he would go out by closing out the World Championship game.

Anyways, good luck. Hope he heals soon. One of the few Yankees I really liked.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 3 months ago

Really a shame to hear/see this. I was just watching the video and to see any player, let a lone a future hall of famer full to the ground in agony is tough to watch. Even worse is knowing that this is potentially the end for him.

On the other hand though, I’m kind of excited to see how David Robertson responds to being the closer and how the Yankee bullpen itself responds to not having Rivera back there.

Wish Mariano Rivera the best in his recovery.

joeybw
3 years 3 months ago

I’m a Rays fan and hate the Yanks by default but I don’t like this at all. If we wanna be the best, we have to beat the best and I’m not going to count just beating him on opening day. We have to beat Mo in mid season form, just like teams should have to beat Longoria to beat the Rays. The baseball gods are angry lately and especially at closers.

captainjeter
3 years 2 months ago

it is kind of strange that pitchers and closers seem to be  dropping like  flies.

johnsilver
3 years 3 months ago

Without sounding bad here.. The reliever market is tight already.. Epstein has Marmol, but he can’t even get the job done there without tightrope jobs.. How could he do it in the AL East?

Severe blow to the game though. Hoffman at least was able to dictate when he left. Rivera might do himself a disservice if major surgery is required and then tries to play another full season.. What a blow to himself and the legacy.

3 years 2 months ago

hoffman was sooooo washed up when he when he retired, pathetic…idk how you can even put them in the same category. rivera was the greatest closer of all time.. 

yg49
3 years 2 months ago

Was? No, IS…he is injured, not dead.

Mike1L
3 years 2 months ago

 It’s not a blow to his legacy, which is incomparable.  It’s a terrific blow to his team’s and our (Yankee fans) psyche.  He’s always been there, ready with excellence when needed, and he’s done it with class.  Rare qualities not easily replaced.

chico65
3 years 2 months ago

So…in house with Robertson or Soriano, or is Jeff Luhnow one of the happier men in Texas this morning?

Mike1L
3 years 2 months ago

If I had to bet, the happiest man in the country is Scott Boras, because this probably means Soriano gets a shot at least half the time, which enhances his value. I don’t think the Yankees are going to go outside in a major way, although they could look to improve around the edges with a trade.

3 years 2 months ago

only way i see soriano getting the shot at being closer is if robertson does horrible. although its his first time being full time closer it isnt his first time closing out a game, he has done it a few times before in the last two years and did a good job at it when mo is resting a day. then again coming in two or three times a year to close out a game doesnt have the same kind of pressure as having to come in every game or every other game to close out games. not that it matters right now anyway because their offense isnt even hitting the ball.

melonis_rex
3 years 2 months ago

it really isn’t a blow to his legacy imo. he can still decide after the injury and recovery whether to come back and pitch; by all means, he’s still got it. he’s still leaving on his own terms.

Jeff
3 years 2 months ago

 You might be able to swing a deal with the Braves- they have 4 guys who are closers in their pen, and some needs.

I’d aim for O’Flaherty, that’s the guy the Braves are most likely to deal- he’d be a 1-yr rental though.  They’re not giving up Venters or Kimbrel.  Medlen’s another possibility, but you’d likely have to overpay for him.

LazerTown
3 years 2 months ago

Isn’t really a point, They got Soriano, and Robertson that can both close out the games.  Being a closer is overrated, It is not that much harder to pitch the 9th over the 8th.  It is all about who is hitting, I would have them work together, and robertson get the harder inning on a particular day.

ClintB92
3 years 3 months ago

RIP the HOF career of Mariano Rivera.  Truely one of the greatest ever to pitch a ball in this game.

Runtime
3 years 3 months ago

What a way to go out…
So weird that a guy who hasn’t been hurt in YEARS is finished while doing something harmless

oz10
3 years 2 months ago

It obviously wasn’t harmless!

He is not the first to get hurt shagging fly balls. I don’t remember anything this serious though. Tried to google some but the first 10 pages are all about MO.

CAD_Monkey
3 years 3 months ago

Dang, this isn’t how his career should end ;_;

D.j. Wilson
3 years 3 months ago

I HATE the Yankees with a passion but wow, I felt sad upon seeing this post. I have so much respect for Mariano, what a diligent, classy professional he has always been. I wish him much happiness in life.

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start_wearing_purple
3 years 3 months ago

Even as a Red Sox fan who roots for anyone who beats the yanks I hate to see this happen to a true icon. Rivera has been one of the rare players in history who’s going to be remembered for as long as baseball is played. 

Good luck Mo. I honestly hope to see you on the mound again, even if it is in pinstripes. 

MB923
3 years 3 months ago

All of us the last 16 years witnessed the greatest relief pitcher and greatest postseason pitcher in history. He was one of hte classiest men in all of baseball. It doesn’t matter if he played for the “Evil Empire”, it’s a sad thing when a first ballot future HOFer ends his career (while still actually doing well at it), due to injury. 
If this was the end for him, then real Yankee fans (and baseball fans) can’t thank this guy enough for all he’s done.  
 
If your career is over Mo, it sucks it had to end this way, but #42 will always be #1

diehardmets
3 years 3 months ago

In the same boat as most of the other comments here. As much as I hate the Yankees, this brings me no joy. I hope he finds a way to end this gracefully, and I’ll enjoy his HOF induction in 5-6 years.

Infield Fly
3 years 3 months ago

Well I am anything but a Yanks fan but always appreciated and respected Mariano. I would wish for something better for him. Much better.

In case this is it for you Mariano, thanks for showing us what the ultimate closer looks like. We will probably never see anything like you again!

Lastings
3 years 3 months ago

Jayson Nix makes quite an impact on his first day with the Yankees…

Karkat
3 years 3 months ago

Most facepalm-worthy injury: esteemed closer shagging fly balls during BP vs. the Kendrys Morales post-homer celebration injury?

All that aside, what a shame. As a Red Sox fan, I’ve always like Mariano, no matter how frustrating his cutter has been for our hitters.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 3 months ago

Morales still.

I obviously don’t follow the Yankees everyday but from most reports Mariano shags fly balls every day like most pitchers/players do.

Karkat
3 years 3 months ago

 Yeah but he was clearly trying to get all flashy, with the wall and stuff.

Phillies_Aces35
3 years 3 months ago

I didn’t think he was trying to be flashy…. he fell into the wall when he hurt his knee. 

monster55
3 years 2 months ago

I highly doubt that at the age of 42, one month into the season, in Kansas City, that Mariano was trying to get all flashy. He may have been reaching to catch the ball, like I’m sure he has done thousands of times previously. Nothing unusual about what he was doing.

PushDown
3 years 3 months ago

Neither. Bad luck got them on both incidents; Kendrys is not the only player to celebrate a walk-off homer, a grandslam nonetheless, in that fashion. It just so happened that it had to be Kendrys who would break his leg. Same for Rivera; he’s been shagging these fly balls for years and you could even argue that it is what gives him a weapon that is essentially to closing, confidence, so it was not a dumb decision as he had no reason to assume he would get injured.

Now a real facepalm-worthy injury would be Amare Stoudemire punching the glass case of a fire extinguisher. That was just a dumb move all around.

Infield Fly
3 years 2 months ago

Now a real facepalm-worthy injury would be Amare Stoudemire punching the glass case of a fire extinguisher.

Yeah – and that’s putting it mildly. Now that his team is officially
eliminated, if I were him I’d avoid reading any “fan mail” I might
receive for the next…oh, say…ten years…

Conversely, the “get well soon” wishes will be piling up for Mariano indefinitely whether he comes back or not.

3 years 2 months ago

If you want real facepalm—one of the Gramatica brothers (I forget if it was Bill or Martin) celebrate a routine field goal with heavy vigor—and tore his ACL in the process.

As for other baseball boneheads—just don’t give John Smoltz an iron while he has a wrinkled shirt.

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

 Was thinking last night and couldn’t remember the name… AS pitcher took line drive to the head in the OF, supposedly out shagging flyballs, but was talking to someone instead. It was years ago.

Another long ingrained habit that needs to just go away (pitchers shagging flyballs) That particular manager even ceased having his pitchers doing it for a year or 2 with the line drive incident.. Wish could recall that SP name…

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

Wasn’t that Beckett last year?

Edit: Yeah, it was Beckett in spring training last year. I can’t post a link, but google “Beckett hit in head” and you’ll see it.

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

 Thanks.. I see that now also..

The one I am thinking of the guy missed considerable time from getting drilled. Now that you mention it here Maine.. Beckett was lolly gollying as well shagging balls.. If pitchers are going to do the time honored tradition of shagging balls during BP.. They should pay attention. Sure it may get boring out there and stop to chat, but one guy should pay attention to the hitter while several chat in a group.

Better yet.. Have the pitchers run instead of shag and do drills with a coach hitting fungos.

You have probably watched them during ST when they are shagging while taking BP going back to what was saying earlier and in a group.. One guy generally is “posted up” and paying attention.. This should be mandatory if they are going to do something so.. Word that cannot be posted here and allow themselves to get injured with a batted ball.

Prozac_for_Mets_Fans
3 years 2 months ago

How about Canseco? His 1993 season ended shortly after throwing 33 pitches against the Red Sox in the 8th inning of a 15-1 blowout. Some might credit manager Kennedy for the injury Canseco suffered, but rumors were, if I recall correctly, that Jose had been eager to take the mound for some time.  Also, for what it’s worth, the pitching injury happened just 3 days after the off-the-head-homerun incident in RF… that’s gotta count for something.

CHendershott
3 years 2 months ago

Burnett taking a ball to the eye during batting practice is pretty facepalm-worthy, but he wasn’t sidelined for the season from that.

Leonard Washington
3 years 3 months ago

Wow. Sucks its gotta be like this.

Dodgerzz
3 years 3 months ago

Get well soon Mo. Worst of luck to whoever replaces him.

SoCalAngelsFan75
3 years 3 months ago

Very unfortunate. On the bright side, he can now devote his full attention to helping people finish their chalupas at Taco Bell.

iheartyourfart
3 years 3 months ago

Off to never never land.

iheartyourfart
3 years 3 months ago

but seriously mo, you were an incredible pitcher and someone it’s truly impossible to dislike as a baseball fan.  it would have been awesome to see you leave with another ring, but legends live forever.

3 years 3 months ago

I think Mo maybe the most likeable player in baseball. He’s dominant and respectable in all facets. I hope he recovers but you wonder if he has any interest to play again at this point.