By CHARLES ODUM  AP Sports Writer=
ATLANTA (AP) _ Yankees closer Mariano Rivera said Tuesday’s
surgery on his injured right knee “went perfectly” and he is
looking forward to beginning his rehabilitation.
The 42-year-old career saves leader tore his right ACL and
damaged meniscus in the knee while shagging fly balls in batting
practice May 3. A blood clot in his right calf delayed the surgery
until Tuesday.

Rivera used his (at)MarianoRivera Twitter account to tell fans
the surgery was a success.
“My surgery was a success, it went perfectly. I am looking
forward to beginning my rehab soon. Thanks as always for your
prayers. (hash)GodBless,” Rivera posted.

New York Mets team physician Dr. David Altchek performed the
repair on the ACL. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Tuesday
night’s game against the Braves he was told the meniscus injury did
not require surgery.
“I think the less you have to do the better off you are,”
Girardi said. “I think that’s good news.”
Girardi said the surgery clears the path for Rivera’s comeback
in 2013.
“I think we’re all expecting to see Mo pitch next year,”
Girardi said. “I really don’t think we’re going to see any

Girardi said he was not given a timetable on Rivera’s expected
recovery period. Rivera doesn’t yet have a contract for next
season, although it’s expected he’ll return and remain with New

Asked if Rivera could be ready for spring training, Girardi
said, “I would think that’s a pretty good possibility.”
“I’m sure Mo’s anxious to get going,” Girardi said. “He was
feeling pretty good when he was walking around before the

Rivera was 1-1 with a 2.16 ERA and five saves when he was
injured. Rafael Soriano, who leads the Yankees with nine saves, has
been Rivera’s primary replacement.

David Robertson was working as the fill-in closer when he was
put on the 15-day disabled list on May 15 with a strained muscle in
his left ribcage. Robertson threw one scoreless inning on Tuesday
in his second rehab appearance with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Girardi said Robertson will join the team in Atlanta on
Wednesday and could come off the disabled list on Friday.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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