Mariano Rivera did a commercial today, but he had to throw for the commercial, 25 times, and it was the first time he’s thrown since having knee surgery back in May.
“I’m feeling good,” Rivera told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. “The rehab has been great; it’s been tough, but at the same time, I’m seeing good results. I can’t wait to continue and stay 100 percent. A day at a time, like I always tell you guys. A day at a time.”
“I have a long time to go. I’m not rushing,” he said. “I just have to make sure that my knee gets stronger. It does. It’s getting stronger and stronger every day. I’m happy with that. I just have to continue what I’m doing.”
Rivera also reiterated his desire to come back and pitch next season during the event.
“Like I told you guys before, I didn’t want to go out like that,” Rivera said. “At the same time, we haven’t discussed anything. We’re talking, so hopefully we’ll finalize everything.”
Good to hear that he’s begun throwing. It was a torn acl, not an elbow or shoulder injury so this is more about getting his legs healthy and strong. But if he’s throwing now, even just for a commercial, that’s a good sign he’ll be ready in time for spring training.
The only thing now is working out a contract. Rivera just finished a two-year, $30 million deal that paid him $15 million last season. Because of the injury though, he barely pitched at all this season. So the Yankees will ask him to take a paycut. Both sides are confident that a deal can be worked out though. He’ll probably have to accept a deal that is heavy on the incentives. He will be 43 next season.