Rivera about 95%, will begin throwing in a week

Update: Rangers sign Lance Berkman
Hale: Yankees have not called about Chipper Jones

Via Bryan Hoch: Mariano Rivera is about 95% following surgery to repair a torn right ACL this summer. He’ll begin throwing in about a week. “It’s not 100%. It would be, I would say, 95%,” said Rivera yesterday. “By the time Spring Training starts, it’ll feel 100% … It needs more strengthening. The 5% will come quick.”

Rivera, 43, said he expects a normal routine in camp following the surgery. Of course, normal for Mo means reporting about a week later than the other pitchers and throwing about eight innings before the start of the season. He fully expects to be ready for Opening Day. Spring Training starts a little earlier than usual this year due to the World Baseball Classic, but that’s probably a good thing for Rivera. He’ll have plenty of time to ease back into things and prepare himself for what most assume will be the final season of his Hall of Fame career.

Update: Rangers sign Lance Berkman
Hale: Yankees have not called about Chipper Jones
  • trr

    reallistically, how much can we expect from him at this point? he’s not Superman…

    • jjyank


      • Austin Aunelowitzky

        No, it was blasphemy.

        • Robinson Tilapia

          …and tomfoolery.

          • jjyank


            • Milt Toast


              • Mike HC

                Bunch of stuff

                • Robinson Tilapia


            • Havok9120

              With oaktag.

              • Get Phelps Up


                • Robinson Tilapia

                  That might upset the RAB Gods. I don’t know.

    • Neil

      In fact he is Superman! All evidence points to that. All kidding aside (who’s kidding) he’s should be the area of least concern going into the season. When he has a bad stretch he will be referred to as “43 year old closer Mariano Rivera” but I believe he will have at the end of the year an average Mo season which will put him in the area of the top 10% of closers in the league this year.

    • Mike HC

      The guy throws like 13 pitches every 3 games. I think he can go another decade!

    • mustang

      Your right he is not Superman because Superman has his Kryptonite and Mo has nothing.

    • RetroRob


      “Mo of Steel” has already been announced for 2013. Coming to ballparks everywhere; just keep him off the glowing green grass in Kansas City.


  • Enter Sandman

    The Sandman is coming! Opponents beware. Soon you will be off to never never-land.

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for…

    Whew. I was worried there that he was only at 88%. Super relieved that he’s all the way up to 95. Plus having taken a year off he’ll be we’ll rested.

  • trr

    much love for Mo on this site and rightfully so! Hope you are all correct, but at 43 coming off surgery…….

  • Arnav

    Mo will be Mo.
    Mid to low 2 ERA, WHIP under 1.00, almost one K per inning, negligible walks, 40+ saves.
    And to top it all, a broken bat every other game!

  • Robinson Tilapia

    All is almost right with the world again.

  • Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM))

    RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE!!! He’s over the hill, 43, pft team of geriactrics. We need to get younger, so what we do is have an 8 team trade where we trade Boone Logan to one team and 8 teams later we get Giancarlo Stanton. It’s time for Cashman to start thinking out of the box, so then we take all our prospects and trade them for Justin Upton, also our catcher sucks, so take any prospects we didn’t trade for Upton and trade them for a catcher. IDK who but just some catcher. Steinbrenner hates the team and hopes they lose so he can sell them, because everybody knows prospective buyers would pay more for a non-playoff contender.

    • Dalek Jeter (formerly: Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle AKA True Yankee(TM))

      /am I trolling right yet?

      • Herby

        You missed Mo should be switched to be being the set-up man to Joba until he proves he can pitch again.

      • Get Phelps Up

        You didn’t mix in enough spelling and grammar errors, or elipses or parades. Other than that, it sounds good!

      • Robinson Tilapia

        No one rolled in their graves. FAIL.

      • LitFig

        Your spelling and grammar is too clean, and GMS didn’t roll in his grave.


  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    As well as RafSo and D-Rob did at filling in for him, there’s really no replacing Mo.

    • Mike HC

      You can probably replace him for a year or two, like we saw last year. But the year to year consistency will almost surely be gone.

  • Dicka24

    Am I the only one that is slightly worried about a drop off this season? The man is a machine, and one of my favorite players of all time, but being 43, missing a season, and coming off of major knee surgery should raise some concerns shouldnt it? For starters, I think coming in late might not be wise. This is arguably the one year where coming in early might be better for him, both because of the knee, and wanted to ease the stress on it in slowly, and his arm since he hasn’t pitched in so long.

    Of course, watch him do just what he does. Show up late, throw 3 times, and save 40 games with a 2 ERA. The man is a machine.

    • Herby

      I expect an adjustment period in spring training, but once the season starts I don’t think the year to year difference will be that great…probably did the arm and shoulder good to have a year off.

  • The Moral Majority is Neither

    The Yankees have 99 problems but Mo ain’t one.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Watch the response during the inevitable WWWMW.

  • Steve S

    People have been saying he’s done and likely to retire forever now. If he has a sub- 2.00 ERA season he’s not retiring.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Disagree. At some point, you want to end the grind. I don’t see him waiting until he’s squeezed the last drop out of himself.

    • Vern Sneaker

      There once was a closer named Mo
      Whose cutter was always just so
      Then he fell in the field
      (though his leg finally healed)
      And no mo’ was his steady mojo

  • Reuben Sierra’s Chains

    Can’t wait for this guy to be holding down the 9th inning again.

    A simply handshake at the end of the game acting like you have been there before.

  • LitFig

    In a weird way, I think the Yankees may be even BETTER than most people think they will be.

    The rotation is deep and battle tested.

    The pen is deep and battle tested.

    The offense, while not as powerful, will be diverse and quick. We’ll still get 120-130 HR out of Tex,Cano, Youk and Grandy. Jete, Gardy, Ichiro and Nunez will make contact, steal bases and put pressure on the defense. Canzler/Diaz will hit LHP. Catcher will be weak offensively, but most teams have substandard C offense.