"It's not 100 percent. It would be, I would say 95 percent.", Rivera tells Hoch. "By the time Spring Training starts, it'll feel 100 percent."Rivera suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in what many would call a freak accident. The soon to be Hall of Famer was shagging fly balls during batting practice, when suddenly he slipped and injured himself worse than anyone could have imagined.
This mind-boggling injury forced the 43-year-old Rivera to undergo surgery, which, in turn ended the season for him.
Mariano has spent all 18 of his major league seasons with the Bronx Bombers.
During his 18-year career, Rivera has appeared in 1,051 regular season games while posting an unbelievable 2.21 ERA. Not to mention that Rivera has more saves (608) than anybody else in the history of the game. Having Rivera back for a full season means a lot to this Yankee team.
Rivera's success goes beyond just the regular season, however. In 96 career postseason games, Rivera has posted an unheard of 0.70 ERA, while shutting the door on 42 of those games.
If Rivera is indeed 100 percent by the time Opening Day rolls around, the Yankees will definitely feel much more comfortable about their ability to hold down one-run leads in the late-innings.