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Yankees fear closer Rivera may be done with ACL tear

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The season, and possibly the career, of Yankees closer Mariano Rivera could be over as a result of a batting practice incident in which he tore his right ACL on Thursday.

Royals team doctor Vincent Key diagnosed the tear after looking at an MRI exam. Rivera, whose 608 saves are the most all time, is expected to get a second opinion.

"This is bad," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Rivera, 42, was carted off the field after twisting his knee shagging fly balls. He was tracking and leaped for a ball hit by Jayson Nix in deep centerfield when his knee appeared to buckle just before the wall. He fell to the track and grabbed his knee.

3B Alex Rodriguez could be seen saying, "Oh, my God."

Rivera, 42, regularly catches balls during batting practice as a way to keep in shape. He has dealt with inflammation in his right knee in the past and hinted this could be his last season. ACL injuries take about a year to heal.

David Robertson is likely to get a shot at the closer role.

More Yankees: 3B Eric Chavez was released from the hospital and put on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

Late no-hitter: The Angels' commitment to Jered Weaver is paying off. Signed to a five-year, $85 million extension in August, the right-hander, 29, pitched his first no-hitter late Wednesday, dominating Minnesota 9-0. The Twins had one walk and one other base-runner when C Chris Iannetta allowed a passed ball on a swinging third strike.

"I've been close once in Seattle and had it broken up in the eighth," said Weaver, who struck out nine and retired 22 of his last 23 batters after Iannetta's miscue. "We were having this conversation about five days ago, and C.J. (Wilson) came up to me and said: 'Why don't you just go out there and throw a no-hitter?' And I said: 'There's no way. There's no chance.' So it's funny that it happened."

Clemens trial: The attorney for Roger Clemens attempted to cast doubt on the origins of the syringes, vials and cotton swabs that prosecutors say trainer Brian McNamee saved after injecting the former Cy Young award winner with performance-enhancing drugs in 2001. Rusty Hardin argued during his cross-examination of federal agent Jeff Novitzky that no one besides Clemens' former trainer knows how the physical evidence was stored before it was turned over in January 2008. "It all depends on the believability of Mr. McNamee," Hardin said. McNamee, who has said he injected Clemens with steroids and human growth hormone, is expected to take the witness stand Tuesday. Clemens faces perjury, false statements and obstruction of Congress charges.

Buckner ball at auction: The ball that rolled through Bill Buckner's legs in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series between the Red Sox and Mets is part of an auction today in Dallas. Heritage Auctions said the ball is expected to bring in more than $100,000 as part of the memorabilia collection of songwriter Seth Swirsky.

Cubs: Carlos Marmol, who walked three of the five batters he faced in blowing a three-run ninth-inning lead, might lose his closer's job, manager Dale Sveum said after the 4-3 loss to the Reds. Marmol has blown three of his five save chances, walking 12 in 8⅔ innings. Sveum said he is considering LHP James Russell or RHP Rafael Dolis.

Giants: Slugger Pablo Sandoval will have surgery today on a broken bone in his left hand and is likely to miss four to six weeks.

Tigers: OF Delmon Young is eligible to return from his seven-day suspension today against the White Sox. Young was forced to sit by MLB after police say he yelled anti-Semitic epithets during a drunken tussle before he was arrested in New York last week.

Yankees fear closer Rivera may be done with ACL tear 05/03/12 [Last modified: Friday, May 4, 2012 12:29am]
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