“Complications” delay setting of Rivera’s surgery date

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Update (10:38 a.m.): ESPN’s Buster Olney has a source who says that these complications “will have no bearing on Mariano Rivera‘s ability to come back from his ACL injury.” And exhale.

9:24 a.m.: This does not sound good. Yesterday Mariano Rivera met with a pair of doctors to determine the course of action for surgery to repair his torn ACL. Unfortunately, they were not able to do so. “We ran into complications,” Rivera’s agent, Fernando Cuza, told the NY Post. “I am referring to Dr. Ahmad and Brian Cashman for further information.” For what it’s worth, ESPN NY’s Andrew Marchand spoke with a “high-ranking team official” who said the complications are not serious. We’ll keep you updated when further information becomes available.

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  • Bartolo’s Colon

    what the hell does this mean? until further notice i am going to assume that the power went out at the doctor’s office causing the doctors to leave for the day

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Yeah, the use of the word “complications” seems weird. Usually that’s used when they run into a problem during the actual procedure, not scheduling the surgery date.

      • CP

        Maybe Mo had a parent-teacher conference at school that they were having difficulty checking around?

        • Robinson Tilapia

          There are no complications of this sort.

          Quinnipiac University Division of Parent Affairs

  • A.D.

    The ACL miraculously healed itself over the weekend??

    • CBean

      there’s totally a sekrit part of my brain convinced this could happen

  • Yank The Frank

    The Yankees haven’t paid this months medical premium?

    • Gonzo

      Hal: Crap, when did we let Hank make decisions on our coverage? This freaking HMO is running us around in circles.

      • jjyank

        Hal: Crap, when did he let Hank out of his room? Clever little devil must have figured out that the key was sitting on top of the door frame.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      $189 mil raises its ugly head. We’re fucked.

  • Nate D

    I’m gonna rest my hopes on a …… “a high-ranking team official” who said the complications are not serious.

    • Slugger27

      me too. dont view this as a big deal at all

    • Cesar “Stairs” Cabral

      *steals suit from Randy Levine’s closet*

  • jjyank

    I’m not sure what to think about this. Maybe the doctors have a moral dilemma operating on a deity?

  • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

    I wonder if he also tore his MCL as well?

    • JohnC

      Was thinking the same thing. Knicks Baron Davis tore both the ACL and MCL the other day as well

      • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

        responded to the wrong ‘was thinking the same thing’ reply.

        but yeah, arthritis maybe?

    • A.D.

      Shouldn’t be that much bigger of a deal to repair, McGahee blew out all 3 and still came back to play football the next year

  • http://www.twitter.com/vinnyscafuto Vinny Scafuto

    How does Randy Levine get any work done?

  • Brian

    There is too much swelling still? I know I had to wait a couple weeks to procede

    • Bo Knows

      I was thinking the same, they can’t start until the swelling drops

      • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

        or some arthritis?

        • Gonzo

          It’s lupus.

          • Havok9120

            It’s ALWAYS lupus.

  • Kevin Winters

    They found out he is a cyborg.

  • DJ4K&Monterowasdinero

    Mo-knee problems?

    • jjyank

      Mo money Mo problems.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Yeah, that means nothing, unless they opened him up and realized he was a being unlike any other we’ve seen before, which is totally possible. As a matter of fact, my money’s on that.

    • velocitee

      If they try to open him up with a normal scalpel, it will simply bend when pressed to his skin. He’s that awesome.

    • jjyank

      Yeah, like Mike noted above, it’s a weird word to use when you’re just scheduling. It’s not like they opened him up and found something. If I had to guess, I’d say the swelling hasn’t gone down enough to set a date, but that’s just baseless speculation on my part.

    • Erica

      Mo is a space alien. A baseball space alien.

      I am going with that and will be waiting on confirmation of this hypothesis.

      • Sarah

        Mulder and Scully have been called. It is The Unnatural all over again.

  • JohnC

    Buster Olney reported that word is that it shouldn’t affect Mo’s timetable as far as coming back next year

    • Slugger27

      we already had a high ranking team official say it wasnt serious. i dont see what the fuss is over.

  • Ron Burgandy

    The guy is all skin an bone. They probably can’t find the ACL.

  • cheddar

    He’s not human. I say chop off the leg and watch him grow a new one by June.

    • jjyank

      …Mo is a lizard?

      • Robinson Tilapia

        Ever seen “V?”

        • jjyank

          Nope. Enlighten me.

          • Robinson Tilapia
            • jjyank

              Haha well maybe Mo is part of a carnivorous race of reptilians. I wouldn’t rule any super-human being out.

              • Erica

                He could be Gorn.

                • Robinson Tilapia

                  I hope he’s not Vincent D’nofrio.

                • Havok9120

                  Good stuff.

  • G-Money

    Having had a similar injury (Ruptured ACL, torn lateral & medial meniscus, sprained MCL & PCL) the complication could have been something as simple as too much swelling. If the joint is operated on with significant swelling present it will possibly heal with a limited range of motion. We can always assume the worst and pray for the best.

  • CC

    No bones, blood or ligaments. His insides are just filled with hopes and dreams.

    • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

      and puppy shit, oddly enough.

  • Manny’s BanWagon

    I wouldn’t worry, probably just something minor found in his pre surgical testing. That stuff happens all the time.

    • Deep Thoughts

      They mixed up his STD test results with Jeter’s.

  • JohnC

    Nothing like the horrific injury that Baron Davis suffered the other day. He tore everything

  • steve s

    This is from left field but perhaps Mo’s prior recent surgery (growth on vocal cord; maybe something grew back) is causing a problem.

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  • Darren

    Mo is pregnant. Just like Lou Gosset Jr.

    • jjyank

      As long as his offspring inherits his cutter, it’s all good.

  • pat

    They opened him up and sais “ We can’t fix him. We don’t have the technology”

    • Marcos

      Then Mo said “Oh, wait a second…” then did some E.T. shit on his knee and BAM! Healed.

      That’s the complication, He healed himself on the table and the doctors are just perplexed and stumped as crap, therefore they can’t clear him medically… they’re just vegetables forever now.

      • Dummies Playing With Balls (formerly Rainbow Connection)

        Did he?

  • jsbrendog

    melvin croussett healed rivera.

    • jjyank

      Haha wow I haven’t heard that name in awhile.

      • jjyank

        I found this from back in the day, if anyone needs a good laugh.


        • jsbrendog

          the halcyon days

        • Havok9120

          Holy cow. That’s fantastic.

        • Erica


          But… why? No matter. That was phenomenal.

      • Urban

        Yeah, what ever happened to Melvin Croussett? Seems like he called it a wrap after 2010, with a career ERA of 1.70. And is Crousset 5’11”, 255 lbs as B-R lists him, or 6’1″, 168 lbs. as Baseball America lists him?

        Clearly, an update is needed!

        • Robinson Tilapia

          Baseball was beneath him. He’s now in line to replace Elliot Spizter as Keith Olbermann’s replacement on Current TV, except everything he says on the show will actually come true on the spot.

  • Charlie

    Having worked as a medical student on an orthopedic surgery team I can say that in all likelihood its just that the swelling as not gone down enough yet and they need to hold off. The healing process following the repair can only be successful once the body has slowed down its inflammatory response to the original injury. Nothing to worry about here based on what we have heard so far.

  • YankeeDave

    Anybody out there know anything about soccer: Is the July 22 match at Yankee Stadium (Chelsea vs Paris St Gremain) something that will be a popular sell out? or are we talking bush league here. I just hope the damage to the field can be repaired in 4 days.

    • Havok9120

      Its a famous English club and…well, some kind of French club. Maybe they’re famous too.

      Why they felt they needed to fly across the Atlantic to do their showcase in yet a third country, and one that doesn’t like soccer to boot, is something we apparently aren’t meant to understand.

  • Ron Burgandy

    They found Pineda in his knee.

  • David

    I had a minor surgery delayed a week because I had taken aspirin the day before. Asprin is a blood thinner, could cause extra bleeding during surgery.

  • Tom

    I sometimes long for the days of non-instant news/rumor dispersal.

    While it’s nice to have near instant reporting of news these days, too many of these reports have too much incomplete information to be useful and just leads to a lot of speculation and churn before the whole story finally comes out.

  • http://twitter.com/urbainshockcor Urban

    I have no idea why Rivera’s agent said anything, let alone used the word “complications.” Say nothing beyond Mariano met with three doctors yesterday and a surgery date will be scheduled in the next week.

    Using vague, yet alarming words like complications without offering additional information leads to feeding the news cycle, something I doubt Mariano wants to do.

  • MB

    The complications are that they’ve never seen a machine with a torn ACL or any injury for that matter.

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