Rivera unavailable with ‘stiffness in his side’


Updated (9:59 p.m.): When the 9th rolled around tonight with the Yanks holding onto a three-run lead, “Enter Sandman” did not play over the Yankee Stadium PA system, and Mariano Rivera did not come out of the bullpen. Instead, Joba Chamberlain came out to secure the final three outs of the game, and Yankee fans grew concerned. With Jorge Posada already on his way to the MRI machine and Curtis Granderson on the DL, no one wanted another injury. After the game, Joe Girardi said that Rivera had stiffness in his left side. He first felt a twinge after pitching on Friday.

In speaking to the media after the game, Joe Girardi addressed Mariano’s pain. It isn’t an oblique injury per se, and the Yankees’ trainers are calling it a flank injury. “Level of concern: It’s definitely gotten better each day,” the Yanks’ manager said, “and he played catch today and felt ok. It would be nice to give him another day off but we’ll see how he feels tomorrow.”

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. mbonzo says:

    All these injury rumors this weekend, between Granderson, Posada, Rivera, and Rodriguez, I am starting to feel like a Mets fan.

  2. JobaWockeeZ says:

    Well May sucks. Except for Teix.

  3. Ana says:



  4. bexarama says:



  5. Girardi said that Mo’s gotten better each day and played catch today. So hopefully that’s a good sign.

  6. dkidd says:

    better now than in september

    if jorge and/or mo miss time, they’ll be fresher for the playoffs

  7. How Ya Doin says:

    i didn’t know god could hurt

  8. Dirty Pena says:

    Doesn’t something like this happen every year with Mariano?

  9. EB says:

    Wasn’t Mo struggling with his ‘side’ in the WS. If so, this looks like it could be an ongoing concern.

  10. Nolan says:

    If Posada goes down for an extended period, who replaces him?? Romine?

  11. Accent Shallow says:

    Despite what we’d like to believe, Mariano is human.

    He unfortunately may be getting close to Trevor Hoffman territory. (No, not being done, but one inning or less every game)

  12. Reggie C. says:


    This news could set the scene for a messy series with Boston. The Fenway fondlers have swung themselves out of a funk tonight. Here’s hoping Mo and Posada are simply day-to-day.

    • Dirty Pena says:

      Let’s not get carried away, it’s only one game (against Joe Saunders) for Boston.

    • Reggie C. says:

      Sorry Ben. This post wasn’t entirely on par with the Rivera story.

      Forget about Melancon and D-Rob. If Mo has to get shut-down for a week, i’ll pour the Redbulls out the fridge and hand’em to Joba. Whatever can get this kid amped up for the coming series.

      I want to see Joba pitch again this series another inning. He’s got to be sharp at Fenway.

  13. Drew says:

    I know Mo isn’t worried, so I’m not worried.

  14. Joe West's Music Career says:

    me : this :: creationist : fossil record

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