Mariano Rivera diagnosed with migraine headaches


Mariano Rivera has been experiencing off-and-on headaches for the past two weeks, so the Yankees decided to get to the bottom of the matter. George A. King III of the New York Post has the update:

The headaches weren’t as strong, but they didn’t go away. So Friday the Yankees sent baseball’s all-time saves leader for tests to determine the cause of the headaches.

“When you have issues you want to make sure everything is OK,’’ Rivera said of the CAT-scan and blood test.

“They said it seems like migraine headaches.’’

Rivera will make his scheduled relief appearance Sunday in a Grapefruit League game at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa and should be able to treat the migraines with medication throughout the 2013 regular season. The Yankees, it seems, are not overly concerned.

“There are protocols and we ran through them,’’ general manager Brian Cashman said on Sunday. “Even if there is one-half of a percent [of a problem], you want to rule it out. We weren’t worried about it.’’

Jason Vargas fractured his non-pitching hand

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Mets left-hander Jason Vargas has a non-displaced fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand, the team announced Sunday. Vargas sustained the injury after taking a comebacker off of his hand on Friday and is expected to consult with a hand specialist later today as the team settles on a course of action. Comments from GM Sandy Alderson indicate that surgery is a possibility, though the left-hander may also pitch through it for the time being.

Vargas, 35, signed a two-year, $16 million pact with the team last month. He completed a four-year run with the Royals in 2017, earning his first career All-Star nomination with an 18-11 record in 32 starts and producing a 4.16 ERA, 2.9 BB/9 and 6.7 SO/9 over 179 2/3 innings. Prior to the incident, the southpaw was expected to help fill out the back end of the Mets’ Opening Day rotation.

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News estimates that Vargas will likely miss the start of the season as he faces a two- to six-week recovery period. It’s a disappointing turn of events for a pitching staff that has been absolutely ravaged by injuries over the last couple of years.