Yankees' Mo Rivera Completes 30-Pitch Session

 Continuing to move forward, All-time saves leader Mariano Rivera of the New York Yankees sailed smoothly Saturday through a 30-pitch workout.  Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports that Rivera, who suffered a tear in his right anterior cruciate ligament last May, completed his work off the mound while wearing a protective brace on his surgically repaired right knee.

 The 42-year-old said that he is not worried about getting into shape to close out save opportunities this season. He will be back on a mound Tuesday after two days off.  He seemingly itches already for the exhibition season to start.  "I will be looking for the games," Rivera said. "The reason why is because you have to react there: bunting, come-backers, cover first, all that stuff. You can't think, you have to react. That will be, I would say, the biggest test."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi agreed, still believing Rivera will be ready on April 1.
"Mo's been throwing for a while, so I feel pretty good about it," Girardi said. "But I want to see Mo in a game have to break for first."

 "There's no rush," Rivera said. "We have a long, long, long Spring Training. I want to take every day one day at a time."  Rivera's career has been laden with talent.  Now he is also demonstrating the wisdom of age.

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One Response to Yankees' Mo Rivera Completes 30-Pitch Session

  1. Regardless of how well he does, I am very glad to see Rivera get a chance to pitch again.


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