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Report: Rivera unaffected by 'complications'

05/08/2012 10:27 AM ET
By Jon Lane / YESNetwork.com
What was supposed to be a visit from Mariano Rivera to surgeons to set a date for surgery to repair a torn right ACL had reportedly – possibly – taken a turn for the worse when The New York Post wrote that the consultation did not go smoothly.

“We ran into complications,’’ Rivera’s agent ,Fernando Cuza, told The Post. “I am referring to Dr. [Yankees physician Christopher] Ahmad and [Yankees general manager] Brian Cashman for further information.’’

However, ESPN's Buster Olney Tweeted that such complications will have no bearing on Rivera's ability to return. A high-ranking official told ESPN New York Tuesday morning that complications weren't that serious and the Yankees were still gathering more information.

Rivera was diagnosed with a torn ACL and a damaged meniscus in his right knee after falling to the warning track at Kauffman Stadium last Thursday when shagging fly balls during batting practice. The next day, Rivera vowed to return in 2013 to end a career that’s been labeled as the greatest closer of all time on his terms.

“When you love the game and you like to compete, it would be tough to go out like this,” Rivera said. “I can’t go down like this.”

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