Mariano Rivera Tears ACL While Shagging Fly Balls (Video)
Being a Toronto Blue Jays fan, there are plenty of players on the New York Yankees that I would love to see pull up lame with a serious knee injury while shagging fly balls in the outfield during batting practice. Mariano Rivera is not one of them.
Rivera suffered a torn ACL during Yankees batting practice yesterday after attempting to make a leaping grab on a ball hit to the warning track by Jayson Nix. Team doctors initially suspected it was a sprained knee, but after carting him off the field and conducting an MRI, it was discovered that there was a tear in his ACL that will keep him out for the rest of the 2012 season, and may very well end the career of one of the league’s greatest relievers ever.
After discovering the tear, Rivera spoke to reporters inside the visiting clubhouse, stating that he doesn’t know if this will mark the end of his career and “at this point…we have to face this first.”
It was a frightening scene in the outfield at Kauffman Stadium, as the looks on the faces of Alex Rodriguez and manager Joe Girardi following the incident tell you exactly how much Rivera means to the Yankees organization.
Rivera was 1-1 on the season with a 2.16 ERA and five saves in six opportunities. He has won five World Series titles, one World Series MVP award, and been named to 12 All-Star Games during his storied career. One can only hope that this is not how it ends for the 42-year-old future Hall of Famer.
Here is a look at how Rivera sustained the injury.