Update: Rivera taken off field with apparent right leg injury


Update by Mike (7:49pm): They’re calling it a “twisted right knee” at the moment and Rivera is headed for an MRI. He was examined by the training staff and the Royals’ team doctor.

7:19pm: According to multiple reports out of Kansas City, Mariano Rivera was taken off the field during batting practice this evening after he apparently hurt his right knee while shagging balls in the outfield. According to MLB’s Whitney Holtzman, Rivera was “writing in pain, holding his knee” after going down. Royals’ broadcaster Nate Bukaty says Yankee players believe Rivera slipped on the warning track while others say he “stumbled or hit the wall.”

Either way, he was carted off the field with assistance from Joe Girardi and the team medical staff. David Waldstein reported that the Yanks’ closer was in obvious pain, and he is putting no weight on his right leg. As of 7:30, the YES Network is on the air covering this story.

Clearly, this is not a good development, but we have no prognosis now. We’ll have word from the team as soon as they release anything. If 2012 truly is Rivera’s last season, this is not a good way for him to go out.

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. CC says:


  2. Cy Pettitte says:

    I’m gonna go ahead and start panicking now

  3. Beamish says:

    Confidence Poll Plummeting…

  4. Tom says:

    MLB Network had some footage (after he was on the ground) – didn’t look good. They didn’t even try to stand him up and just picked him up and put him directly on the cart without him even trying to put weight on it. (Could have just been precautionary)

  5. blee says:

    ugh. i need more info~!!!!!

  6. forensic says:

    Well, hey, at least they still have 700 pitchers in the bullpen.

  7. OMG! Bagels! says:

    To try to be optimistic, even a bump on the knee can send someone to the ground writhing in pain. PLEASE DEAR MO DONT LET THERE BE ANYTHING WRONG WITH MO.

  8. vin says:


  9. OMG! Bagels! says:

    To avoid crowding on the ledge, please consider jumping. Thank you.


    Those of us who have been hanging around inside but close to the window and are considering moving out to the ledge.

  10. John C says:

    Girardi probably had him listed as the emergency outfielder. Been a rough start to the season.

  11. J says:

    For the love of Mo, please no.

  12. forensic says:

    Full footage of it being shown on the pre-game show now.

    • forensic says:

      He did look like he was in pain initially, but was smiling when he was on the cart, so that might be good. Took an awkward step stretching for a ball on the track.

  13. Gonzo says:

    Pain in stomach.

  14. Jimmy McNulty says:

    No real point in going on now.

    If Robinson Tilapia tries to calm us down I will literally shit down his throat.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      What if I just call you a fucking idiot?

    • jjyank says:

      Well that’s a little harsh, no? I’m very much concerned about Mo, and losing him would be terrible. But we don’t actually have a prognosis, so trying to calm someone down during that interim warrants feces in his throat? Wow. You must not be very friendly.

    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      Yeah. Calm down, since you don’t jack shit other than he was taken off the field in a cart. Worst case scenario, you have to deal with a DL stint? Can you handle that, or are your precious nerves too fragile to handle that? Are we going to need to call your mom tonight?

      • jjyank says:

        Don’t feed the trolls bro. He’s probably just pissed that he has a babysitter tonight instead of his mom. Don’t worry Jimmy, she’ll be home soon.

      • A-Rod's Wingman says:

        Uhhh…worst case scneario is a torn ACL you fucking idiot. Meaning this is the end of his career.

        Rationalizing losing Mariano is the worst trolling ever.

        • jjyank says:

          Okay. The thing is, there is not rationalizing losing Mariano (in your words) “you fucking idiot”. The reason is…because we haven’t lost him yet. So step back from the bridge. Are you gonna feel stupid if he’s just out for a couple days resting it? Or do you not care how ridiculous you appear?

          • A-Rod's Wingman says:

            Anyone that isn’t seriously on the edge of tears right now is under reacting.

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              ….or over 12.

              • A-Rod's Wingman says:

                Dude people got misty eyes at Posada’s retirement and return with the first pitch. Mo’s easily ten times more beloved than Posada, the greatest reliever there will ever live and the guy who threw the greatest pitch in the history of baseball might have his career ended while shagging fly balls in batting practice. If that doesn’t eat at you you aren’t a real baseball fan.

                • jjyank says:

                  Dude. People got misty eyes because they for a fact, beyond a reasonable doubt, they Posada was gone. Do you know that about Rivera, or are you just being a child?

                • Deep Thoughts says:

                  Zoloft: Learn it, love it, live it.

            • BigDavey88 says:

              I will never cry over baseball. I hope you were using hyperbole.

              Besides, Tom Hanks said so.

            • jjyank says:

              …really? Can we wait for a prognosis before we start balling like a child? I’ll be very, very sad if this is season ending. But we don’t know that. For all we know, it’s not big deal.

              Nice and slow for you: WE. DON’T. KNOW. And until we do, you are overreacting.

            • forensic says:


            • NYinTX says:

              Things I have cried for in my life:

              1. The births of my sons.

              2. The deaths of my father, mother, and sister.
              3. The deaths of friends in Iraq and Afghanistan.

              An injury to a baseball player – even one of my all-time favorites – isn’t even fucking close.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          Ok… he tears his ACL and it’s the end of his career…..what will you do?

          • A-Rod's Wingman says:

            I have a feeling you’re not a real baseball fan. Mariano’s probably the most respected and beloved athlete in New York at least since Mantle

            • jjyank says:

              We’re all baseball fans here, don’t be a dick. Initial prognosis is just “twisted right knee”. Stop freaking out until you know more, you’re being childish.

              • CJ says:

                It looks bad. ACL is very possible here. You want to pacify yourself with twisted go ahead

                • jjyank says:

                  I’m just saying, assuming the worst case scenario off the bat with no info is even dumber than “pacifying myself”. I dunno about you, but I value my blood pressure.

            • Robinson Tilapia says:

              What’s this “baseball” stuff again?

          • jjyank says:

            I wonder where McNulty went? Perhaps A-Rod’s Wingman knows….*cough*

      • Jimmy McNulty says:

        Yeah. Calm down, since you don’t jack shit other than he was taken off the field in a cart.

        See this is just the fucking worst. Worse than any troll here and worse than the Red Sox fans that come here too. He was taken off the field in a fucking cart, MEANING THAT THIS IS GODDAMN SERIOUS YOU FUCKING TWIT. They don’t do that for nothing and seeing as how we just saw D-Rose tear his ACL this is serious business…knees are tricky man.

  15. Dino Velvet says:

    MLB channel has the video

  16. Robinson Tilapia says:


  17. Bartolo's Colon says:

    at this point, god the hates the yankees, who know how serious this is, but how much does it suck that we may never see him pitch again??

    • OMG! Bagels! says:

      WHAT? That’s a bit extreme. Do you go to therapy?

      • Bartolo's Colon says:

        how is that extreme? if it is a season ending injury and it seems like he is retiring after this year, that would be it, right. I hope it’s not extreme, but if anything is broken, that would be trouble. like i said, i hope to mo that is not the case

        • OMG! Bagels! says:

          It’s extreme because we have NO idea what it is.

          • Bartolo's Colon says:

            given his reaction, i really don’t think it was that extreme. if he tore an acl, his season would prob be over. i was just saying it would really suck if it was a season ending injury bc that would be it. fortunately, the initial prognosis seems relatively promising

    • Mike Axisa says:

      Shut up with that stuff.

    • jjyank says:

      The last couple of Red Sox teams say hello haha. I know it sucks, but this happens to a lot of teams. Just look around the league.

    • Jimmy says:

      I don’t think God has much a rooting interest in any of the Major League teams but I’m almost sure he has some sort of deal with David Ortiz.

  18. J says:

    Two thirds of the starting outfield down, bad starting pitching and now a closer injury…all we need now is for Girardi to question Tex’s work ethic and we’ll be in Boston.

  19. aRX says:

    Sometimes it feels like the fact that we’re 13-9 is the ONLY thing that hasn’t been a disaster so far…please be OK Mo.

  20. G says:

    I’ve bumped my knee and ended up writhing in pain, so I’ll reserve panic for now. Worst case at least the bullpen is stacked up to withstand such a blow.

    Still I will go into panic mode if this knocks him out for a significant portion of the season.

    • OMG! Bagels! says:

      Me too. I smashed my knee against a table and almost went down to the floor in pain but I was okay after a while.

  21. I'm sexy and I Cano it says:

    Okay the video looked bad, but Meredith Marakovitz just reported that Mariano said his leg feels fine. Plus he was smiling as he was being carted off the field.


  22. vin says:

    Hurry back, Joba.

  23. Rek4gehrig says:

    He was smiling as he was taken off. He will be fine

  24. Guest says:

    The saddest part about all of this is, if Mo was really close to retiring anyway, a serious knee injury would probaby signal the end. Knee rehab is a bitch for anyone, much rather a pitcher who needs to drive off that leg. Why would M put himself through that?

  25. Dino Velvet says:

    YES has the video.

    he hyper-extended his knee when he landed jumping for a ball.

    • J says:

      Damn that type of injury has such a wide range of severity. Let’s hope Mo’s 40+ y.o. body can heal quick

  26. jjyank says:

    Knees can be funny. Something that’s not a big deal at all that you can recover from in a few hours can be extremely painful. So let’s all step back from the ledge until we know more. In any case, get well Mo!

  27. gageagainstthemachine says:

    Hopefully it’s not as bad as it looked. I tuned in just in time to see him writhing in pain. This game just got very unimportant compared to that news.

  28. Zooboy says:

    Apocolpyse now?

  29. Tom says:

    Of course Jayson Nix hit the flyball…

    Should have called up Wise – he would never have hit it that deep! Fire Cashman now.


  30. nedro says:

    They dont need him anyway. If you can’t put runs on the board, there won’t be any games for him to save, so there’s that.


  31. brazilian fan says:

    This video makes me think of damage of ligaments on the knee, like Derrick Rose.

    Lets hope this is just a damaged meniscus, or a strained ligament.

    But like it or not, Robertson is on fire and soriano will be the 8th inning guy

  32. I'm sexy and I Cano it says:

    Gotta admit that it was really fucking weird seeing Mariano writhing in pain like that and then being carried by his teammates. I guess he’s mortal after all……… (sniffle, wipes tears)

  33. J says:

    Almost as bad as Mo being out is the inevitability of Soriano assuming 8th inning duties while D-Rob takes over at closer.

    There will be much cringing with every pitch.

  34. A-Rod's Wingman says:

    Fiensand said it looked D-Rose-esque.

  35. Betty Lizard says:

    How long until someone blames this, too, on the Montero trade?

  36. Greg says:

    Playoff hopes plummeting

  37. Widget says:

    Since Girardi loves to assign an inning to a guy, does this mean Soriano gets the 9th because he use to be a closer.

    • jjyank says:

      Doubtful. I don’t see Girardi letting Soriano leapfrog D-Rob, he’d probably just bump them both up a slot.

  38. CJ says:


  39. Mr. RSU says:

    My. Word.


  40. Pags4Life says:

    It’s the end of the world as we know it.

  41. johnreverent says:

    Why the hell was Mo out there shagging fly balls to begin with?

  42. nutjob says:


  43. Bartolo's Colon says:

    lets hope no ligaments are damaged, that sounds about as good as we could expect

  44. nutjob says:

    i’d trade mo’s injury for a knicks championship!!!

  45. Lluisergi says:

    I really don’t know if pitchers (or Mo for that matter) often chase flyballs during batting practice…

    If they don’t, i’d call Mo Irresponsibe.
    Lump in throat right now…

  46. Dan in Atlanta says:

    I know that Mariano is a religious man and a preacher, but Mo, there’s a better way to get 5 million New Yorkers to start praying to God.

  47. jg233 says:

    Im sorry, but just plain stupid by Mo

    • BigDavey88 says:

      He’s done this everyday his entire career. You gonna tell him he can’t? I don’t think you could.

      • jg233 says:

        Shagging balls is one thing…running pretty hard at the wall and tumbling into it is not what a 40+ year old should be doing. The guy gets paid alot of money to pitch, not be on the worlds most stupid injuries list.

    • jjyank says:

      A baseball player, participating in baseball-related activities! OMG how crazy?

      Mo’s been doing this his entre career, and I’m willing to bet a lot of other pitchers do too.

  48. 28 this year says:

    Well Mo is definitely not going to get permission to play the OF in a real game at the end of the season now…

  49. Pat D says:

    Cueing up George Harrison’s “All Things Must Pass” as I expect the worst.

  50. Carl G says:

    People who are saying that he was smiling as he was carted off:

    I didn’t see the entire replay of this on YES, but the 10 seconds I did watch showed him grimacing and biting his lip… I didn’t see any smiling.

  51. Absolute worst case scenario: Mo tore a ligament in his knee and is done for the year, and possibly forever. Result of worst possible scenario: Me being horribly sad that one of my all time favorite players loses his career to injury, and our bullpen goes from being the hands down best in the league to just one of the best.

  52. CP says:

    This is all Cashman’s fault. WTF was he thinking calling up Nix?!?!

  53. OMG! Bagels! says:

    Do people not know that he does this every day? How are people calling him stupid and irresponsible?

  54. Betty Lizard says:

    The way I see it, the fact that the game’s blacked out for me means the Yankees will win.

    /keep hope alive’d

  55. Frank says:

    Mo will be fine. D-Rob just steps in and shows why he’s the heir apparent. And Soriano now gets regular work which he needs.

  56. vin says:

    When he’s not on the mound, or warming up in the pen, he should be swaddled in bubble wrap. Major failure on the Yankees’ part.

  57. CJ says:

    So glad Michael Kay is not working tonight. I would be even more pissed listening to him talk about Mo

  58. Jerome S. says:

    I don’t think I’ve ever felt as bad about the Yankees as I do currently. Not even during last year’s five-game-lose-a-thon. This is different. There’s little that can be done about injury. I guess we should hope for the best, and hope for a win tonight.

  59. Clyde Barrow says:

    This is all Girardi’s fault. Why is Mariano out there shagging fly balls? That should be the last person who is shagging fly balls! From Robertson falling down the stairs to Joba on the trampoline they should be aware that these freak accidents can happen! What are they doing to prevent them? Nothing.

    • GardnergoesYardner says:

      You’re absolutely right! Joe should manage these players like they are first graders. You know, hold their hands when they walk from place to place, and not let them partake in any physical activity, like, you know, the game that they are under contract to play!!!!

  60. CJ says:

    Maybe Cashman will make a deal for Soria before he realizes that Soria is out for season after Tommy John surgery

  61. Manny's BanWagon says:

    As Dandy Don Meredith used to say, turn out the lights, the party’s over.

    You can see the writing on the wall that 2012 just isn’t the Yankees year.

    • GardnergoesYardner says:

      So you can determine that after a month of play and a few injuries?

      I wish I had your powers of prediction.

      • CP says:

        Of course.

        Don’t you remember 2009, when ARod had hip surgery and Wang went down early? That clearly wasn’t the Yankees year either.

  62. GardnergoesYardner says:

    As much as this sucks, we don’t have the final diagnosis yet, so let’s all stay calm.

    However, if we lose him, it’s obviously a big blow, to our bullpen, and to our team as a whole. Just pray like heck right now.

  63. Endlessmike says:

    Mo always wanted to play the outfield one day. I guess he’ll never get that chnace.

  64. joek says:

    Ny post calling it a twisted knee so lets all exhale !

  65. Jimmy says:

    Please stop with the doomsday talk. He just got hurt, we have no idea if he is out a day or the season. Spare the drama until there is more information and stop acting like a bunch of pink-hat redsox fans. We have Alfonso Soriano, David Robertson, a loaded farm system and a boatload of money standing by to fill the closer spot if necessary. We’re ok. Really.

  66. Chris says:

    Best case…twist and he is on the 15 day DL

    Likely case…ACL/MCL Sprain or knee sprain. Out for 3-6 weeks.

    Worst case…Torn Meniscus, out till ASB or 3/4 part of the year.

    Nightmare case…Torn ACL/MCL, see ya at old timers day 2013.

    In any event lets wait and see. God be with us!

  67. Cuso says:

    I blame Jason Nix

  68. AJ says:

    Of anyone in the world this guy deserves this the least. Have my entire family praying for Mo.

  69. Yankonymous says:

    Going to have to wait for Pettitte and Rivera 69!

    …regular season win/save combination, that is…

  70. jbkx says:

    I’ll be at the game in KC on Saturday and if Soriano blows a lead I’m going to shit myself.

  71. willx says:

    You have to score runs to use mo anyway, so no worries if he has to be out a few days.


    The offense

    (We have to practice for the post season yearly choking early)

  72. DR says:

    Hopefully Mo recovers well. Knee injuries can be tough to come back from.

    A couple summers ago I dislocated my left knee while back-stepping in my backyard. I slipped and my knee gave out. Had to have a doctor in the ER pop in back in. After some physical therapy, I dislocated it again a few months later. The following summer I had kneecap re-alignment surgery, which included a meniscus repair and a couple screws in my in leg. My recovery was about 3-4 months.

    Knee injuries really suck, and I wish Mo the best. I’m not sure exactly how bad a “twisted knee” is, but I don’t wish knee injuries upon anyone. Hopefully Mo’s not out for an extended amount of time.

  73. Dale Mohorcic says:

    Giardiasis probably shouldn’t have kicked his leg like that before picking him up.

  74. Dale Mohorcic says:

    Girardi probably shouldn’t have kicked his injured leg like that before picking him up. Though I suppose if it was something like a torn ACL, that kick probaly would have hurt a lot. At least that’s the hope I’m hanging on to.

  75. Bo Knows says:

    I just walked into my dorm to this dreadful turn of events….

    So many injuries, so many guys having bad dreadful starts both at the plate and on defense. The team having a good record is comforting but this season has really sucked so far.

  76. Rek4gehrig says:

    Can this season get any worse?

  77. Manny's BanWagon says:

    I really can’t see Mo going out like this. I think he’ll rehab his knee and come back for 1 more season.

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