(AP) -- It seemed Mariano Rivera's career might have prematurely ended the last time he visited Kauffman Stadium.
Baseball's all-time saves leader is back, and he's sticking to his routine, too.
Rivera returns to Kansas City for the first time since tearing his ACL there as the New York Yankees face the Royals on Friday night.
Last season was supposed to be the finale of Rivera's spectacular 18-year career, but the swan-song tour came to an abrupt end May 3 in Kansas City. While shagging fly balls in the outfield during batting practice, Rivera's knee buckled and he crashed to the ground in obvious pain.
A torn ACL ended his season, but the 43-year-old closer is back for one more year.
"Nothing is going to change. I'm going to do what I love to do," Rivera said of shagging fly balls again. "Yes, I got hurt like this. But I'm going to enjoy it. It's nothing to regret."
Rivera is also planning to go to dinner with the Royals' doctor who helped him.
"We'll stop at a place he sai...