UPDATE: Mariano Rivera addressed reporters a short while ago, confirming that he has a torn ACL in his right knee and also hinted that there is damage to his meniscus.
Rivera was quite emotional throughout, particularly after being asked whether he’ll attempt to come back from the injury or call it a career (via Bryan Hoch of MLB.com).
“At this point, I don’t know,” Rivera said, repeating softly, “At this point, I don’t know. I have to face this first.”
11:37 PM: Uh-oh. According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Mariano Rivera was diagnosed with a torn ACL in his right knee.
It’s being called a “preliminary report” and Rivera will travel back to New York to see team doctors, but he will almost certainly miss the rest of the season. Just awful. Let’s hope he doesn’t go out like this.
8:10 PM: YES Network has posted video of the injury. Check it out if you want to be thoroughly depressed.
7:54 PM: This is extremely preliminary, but Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that Rivera was diagnosed with a “twisted right knee” after being examined by a Royals’ associate physician and Yankees trainers.
We’ll know something more definitive after he undergoes an MRI tonight.
7:35 PM: Yankees bullpen coach Mike Harkey told Sweeny Murti of WFAN that Rivera indeed slipped on the warning track while shagging fly balls on the warning track.
They actually just showed the replay of the injury on the YES broadcast and well, it doesn’t look good at all. We’re still awaiting official word on the exact nature of the injury.
7:27 PM: Troubling news for the Yankees.
According to Erik Boland of New York Newsday, Mariano was carted off the field after suffering an apparent injury to his right knee during batting practice. Sweeny Murti of WFAN reports that the injured occurred when Rivera was shagging fly balls.
Daniel Barbasi of the Wall Street Journal reports that Rivera was “smiling and laughing” as he was being carted off, but that the all-time saves leader needed to be helped into the Yankees clubhouse by manager Joe Girardi and wasn’t putting any weight on his right leg. We’ll pass along an update as soon as it’s made available.
Rivera, who has hinted at retirement following 2012, has a 2.16 ERA, five saves and an 8/2 K/BB ratio over 8 1/3 innings of work this season. The 42-year-old right-hander hasn’t had a stint on the disabled list since 2003.