Yankees closer Mariano Rivera emphatically stated Friday that a torn ACL in his right knee will not spell the end of his Hall of Fame career.
"I'm coming back. Write it down in big letters. I'm not going out like this," Rivera told reporters Friday in Kansas City.
The 42-year-old all-time saves leader hinted before the season that 2012 would be his final campaign. The knee injury is likely to prevent him from pitching again this season, though the team has not yet given a timetable for his recovery. He also was diagnosed with a torn meniscus.
"To come back this season is very unlikely," Dr. David Geier, director of sports medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina, told the New York Post. "Spring training or a little before is probably the best-case scenario."
Rivera, who routinely shags fly balls before games, was going after a ball in center field when the his knee appeared to give out. He stumbled then crashed into the wall.