Mariano Rivera Hoping For 2012 Return

When Yankees closer Mariano Rivera tore his ACL shagging fly balls in the outfield, it was assumed that he was done for the rest of the 2012 season. The Yankees still maintain that they don't expect to see Rivera until 2013, now that he's vowed to come back. Rivera, though, isn't closing the door on a return this September, because as long as the possibility exists, it can't be impossible. Bryan Hoch:

Rivera spoke optimistically about a September return in an interview on Monday with ESPN Radio’s Michael Kay, addressing a published report that suggested his torn right ACL might not be a season-ending injury after all.

“That’s my goal,” Rivera said. “Definitely, that’s my goal. I’m not thinking about it because if it doesn’t happen, I will be disappointed. So I’m taking it day by day. I’m working hard and doing what I’m supposed to do. I don’t want to put something in my mind."

There's nothing conclusive, and we just don't know how soon Rivera might be ready. He's left the door open for an early return but he hasn't exactly issued a guarantee. What we know is that Rivera's thus far recovered well, and faster than doctors expected. But his recovery isn't complete, so the most we can say is "we'll see." How satisfying!

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