Yankees closer Mariano Rivera suffered a torn ACL in his right knee shagging fly balls before Thursday night's game against the Royals in Kansas City.Read the rest here.
Manager Joe Girardi revealed the diagnosis after the Yankees' 4-3 loss.
“That’s about as bad as it gets,” Girardi said. “You lose a Hall of Famer it changes [the bullpen] a lot. We like the depth of our bullpen and it just got a little bit shorter. We’ll have to find a way to get through it.”
Rivera had an MRI exam, and Girardi said Royals doctors saw Rivera had torn the ligament. He will be re-examined in New York by Yankees doctors for confirmation.
The injury would end Rivera's season and possibly the career of the 42-year-old all-time saves leader.