Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 2/14/13
It's been nearly nine months since Mariano Rivera tore his ACL shagging fly balls during practice in Kansas City and, if his injured right knee is as up to snuff as his attitude, fans need not worry about seeing No. 42 shattering bats again this season. Wearing a "small, light brace" over the knee, the future Hall of Famer showed off for reporters by throwing 25 bullpen pitches, fielding ground balls (made of sponge) and covering first base. "It was wonderful to be out there," Rivera said.  "I wasn't thinking about my knee. I was having fun, doing my job." Asked to rate his performance on a scale of one to 10 on his first day on the diamond, since coming back from surgery, Rivera smiled. "I feel good. I would say around nine for sure," he said. "The other point, the 10 [will come] from the running I do here, the ground balls and covering first base. I will be a 10 when I pitch." Rivera revealed he might wear the brace during the season. He also admitted he won't stop shagging ...
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