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Mariano Rivera Says Knee Will Be Fully Healed by Start of Spring Training

January 6th, 2013 at 8:24 PM
By Daniel Sirianni

New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has not fully healed from his torn ACL last May, but expects to be ready to go for the start of Spring Training. 

'Mariano Rivera' photo (c) 2007, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

"It's not 100 percent. It would be, I would say, 95 percent," Rivera said. "By the time Spring Training starts, it'll feel 100 percent." 

Though Rivera is now 43 years old and might not heal as quickly as he once did, he believes the recovery process is close to being over.

"It needs more strengthening. The five percent will come quick," Rivera added. 

Rivera, baseball's all-time saves leader, tore his ACL while shagging fly balls in the outfield before a game in Kansas City against the Royals in early May. Following the injury, many thought Rivera's career had came to an end, though the future Hall of Famer had other ideas. 

In nine appearances last season, Mo recorded five saves with a 2.16 ERA for the Yankees. 

In 18 career seasons in pinstripes, Rivera has recorded 608 saves with a 2.21 ERA. He also holds a postseason record with 42 career playoff saves.

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