Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 7/25/12

Ever since Mariano Rivera tore his ACL on May 3 in a freak batting practice accident, the Yankees have contended that their star closer will not be able to return this season. The team is so adamant that Rivera won’t return to the mound this season that Yankees GM Brian Cashman called out a physical therapist of Rivera’s that said otherwise.

Cashman was being interviewed on MLB Network Radio when he took aim at Dr. Keith Pyne, the therapist quoted in the media as saying Rivera could return to pitching for the team by season’s end.

“His physical therapist that he’s working with, I thought was unprofessional and went public with things,” Cashman said, as per the New York Daily News. “I mean, medical personnel should be quiet.”

“And it’s not our physical therapist,” Cashman added. “It’s someone he’s got that we’ve signed off on. But those guys should not be doing interviews and he provided an interview that was, you know, not a fair reflection of where this player’s at. His over-enthusiasm, I thought, provided improper information.

“They want to get their name out there for whatever reason and so he got a day in the sun, but he’ll be proven wrong in the end unfortunately. So, he got all our fans excited and a lot more media attention for myself to deal with, but he’s not coming back this year. I wish he was.”

Right, and berating said “unprofessional” doctor publicly through the media is totally professional.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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