Rivera unavailable with ‘stiffness in his side’

Game 25: For the birds
Montero breaks out of slump in SWB win

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.”

Game 25: For the birds
Montero breaks out of slump in SWB win
  • mbonzo

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

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Rumors? They’re a bit more than just rumors.

      • mbonzo

        Listening to Mike Francesa you would assume that Rodriguez calf was torn off.

        • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

          Listening to Mike Francesa….

          Well, there’s your first mistake.

          • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

            I can’t understand why anyone would do that to themselves.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Well May sucks. Except for Teix.

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    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      Breath in……….breath out.


  • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

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

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

      Bah, I’m late as always

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  • dkidd

    better now than in september

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

    • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

      We’re going to need them to first reach the playoffs. They’ll be plenty of time for rest.

  • http://deleted How Ya Doin

    i didn’t know god could hurt

  • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

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

  • EB

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

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime (Optimovelist Primus)

      Mo said in the post game the World Series was his right (ie, other) side.

  • Nolan

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

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Can you please keep Posada comments in the post about his injury? This one is about Mariano.

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      If Posada Rivera goes down for an extended period, who replaces him?? Romine? Kei Igawa!!

      /ontopic’d that for ya

      • http://twitter.com/marcos_aguirre Marcos

        I just puked a bit in my mouth.

        I know you were being sarcastic (at least I HOPE you were…)
        but that’s still a scary prospect… if anything it’s Melancon’s time to shine. and D-Rob, and Joba, and Ace, and pretty much everyone else.

        • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

          I see no reason Kei Igawa couldn’t be as good or better than Rivera.

  • Accent Shallow

    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)

  • Reggie C.


    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.

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

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

    • Reggie C.

      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.

  • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

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

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