Yankees future Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera had surgery to repair his torn ACL last June. All indications were that he would be fine to start this season, he didn’t even rule out a 2012 return until late, but I guess at 43 the media just wants to be sure.
So they caught up with Rivera at a charity event and he confirmed — yes, he will be ready to start the 2013 season.
“I don’t see why not,’’ Rivera told George King of the NY Post. “We have three to four months to that point. I will be ready.’’
“I don’t want to give the [percentage]. I don’t want to speculate, but I am feeling good,’’ Rivera said. “The leg is getting stronger and stronger. You have to give it time. I am doing my part and time is doing its part.’’
Like I said — there never was any real concern that he might not be ready, but I suppose asking him doesn’t hurt considering his age the the seriousness of the injury. I doubt the Yankees would have re-signed him without at least speaking with other closers if they had any concerns though.