No more a Yankees lore or complications. It is how it is — blood clots in Rivera’s right calf. T_T
“Rivera has a blood clot in his right calf, the latest medical problem for the longtime New York Yankees closer who injured his knee last week while shagging fly balls during batting practice.
Rivera is on blood-thinning medication intended to dissolve the clot and said Wednesday he is OK, though he was scared when he received the diagnosis. He needs to spend at least a week or two strengthening his right knee before he has surgery to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament – but he said that would have been the case regardless of the blood clot.
That was the complication Yankees general manager Brian Cashman and Rivera’s agent, Fernando Cuza, referred to this week when discussing Rivera’s schedule and prognosis. Cashman would not elaborate Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.
”I was more concerned with the blood clot than the knee. For a minute I was like, what else is going to happen?” Rivera said. ”I was scared because I never hear good things about blood clots. … I take it like, OK, what do we have to do?”
The 42-year-old Rivera, baseball’s career saves leader with 608, said he can guarantee he will work hard and do ”whatever it takes” to return next season. But if his leg doesn’t come back strong enough, then he will take it as a sign that it’s time to retire.
”If it’s my call, I don’t want to leave the game the way it happened. … My will and my desire is to stay,” Rivera said, adding that he was leaning toward pitching in 2013 even before the injury. ”The traveling, I hate it. And the game, I love it.”
Do Get Well Soon, Mo! We all want you to be back for next season!!! *fingers crossed*