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Monday, September 01 2014 @ 03:34 AM EDT

Mariano Rivera could pitch again for Yankees this season

Sports Section New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, believed to be lost for the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee in early May, still could pitch for the team in 2012, according to the New York Post. Dr. Keith Pyne, with whom Rivera is rehabbing, told the newspaper that “right now, he’s shut down until next year.” And general manager Brian Cashman added: “In terms of 2012, he’s out.” However, Pyne admits Rivera is well ahead of schedule and “is itching to get back.”

Added Pyne to the Post: “(Rivera) will be in the best position to accomplish that goal (pitching this year). He’s got everything it takes to accomplish that. ... If I was putting money on it, I would put my money on Mo.” Also helping Rivera’s case is the revelation that his ACL wasn’t completely torn and that the injury wasn’t to his landing leg. Plus, he was aided by the amount of prehab before the surgery, which was delayed about a month because of a blood clot in Rivera’s calf. “This is a very detailed guy and he did everything right (pre-surgery),” Pyne told the Post. “He strengthened, he got range of motion. He was very functional before surgery. I don’t want to put a percentage on it, but he reduced recovery time by a lot.”

Rivera, MLB’s all-time saves leader with 608, went 1-1 with a 2.16 ERA and five saves in nine appearances before the injury.

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