Originally posted on The Outside Corner  |  Last updated 5/3/12

Awful, terrible news out of Kansas City tonight: while shagging flyballs in the outfield before tonight's Yankees-Royals game, legendary Yankees closer Mariano Rivera fell awkwardly on his knee. The verdict isn't good: Rivera has a torn ACL, and will miss the season.

The Yankees are largely covered at the closer position with the presence of both David Robertson and Rafael Soriano in the bullpen, but neither of those two are as legendary and established as Rivera, who had five saves this season, and is the all-time leader with 608. The man is 42 years-old, and his career is in its twilight years. 

Rivera isn't under contract for next season, and this could be the end of the line for him. Even Red Sox fans are feeling bad about this injury. Hopefully, this won't be the end of the line for Rivera, but if it is, it was a pleasure.

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