Mariano Rivera’s torn ACL surgery was postponed until Tuesday after a blood clot in his leg prevented having the procedure after his May 3rd incident, where he injured himself shagging fly balls in the outfield during batting practice.
Surgery was not required on his damaged meniscus in the knee, which was a bit of good news when comes to rehab and recovery time for the 42-year-old Rivera, who had stated after the injury he was “not going out like this.”
After the surgery, Rivera tweeted a message to his fans to say the procedure 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. #GodBless,” Rivera posted.
The surgery was actually performed on Rivera by crosstown rivals the New York Mets team physician Dr. David Altchek.
After learning that the meniscus did not require surgery, Yankee manager Joe Girardi was happy to hear it, and that should clear the path for the closer’s return in 2013.
“I think the less you have to do the better off you are,” Girardi said. “I think that’s good news.”
“I think we’re all expecting to see Mo pitch next year,” Girardi added. “I really don’t think we’re going to see any issues.” He also added that it was a “pretty good possibility,” to see him ready by spring training now.
Rivera is regarded by baseball experts as one of the most dominant relievers in major league history. Pitching with a longevity and consistency uncommon to the closer role, he has saved at least 25 games in 15 consecutive seasons and has posted an ERA under 2.00 in 11 seasons, both of which are records. His career 2.21 ERA and 0.998 WHIP are the lowest marks in baseball’s live-ball era.