Mariano Rivera was finally able to have surgery on his torn right ACL yesterday after having to wait for a blood clot in his right calf to dissipate. The surgery went better than expected when it was determined that there was no repairable damage in his meniscus.
Rivera through a tweet stated:
My surgery was a success, it went perfectly. I am looking forward to beginning my rehab soon. Thanks as always for your prayers.
The lack of a need to repair the meniscus will shorten the entirety of the rehab process. All indications point to Rivera being able to pitch again in 2013.
ROBERTSON’S SECOND REHAB STINT SUCCESSFUL
David Robertson‘s second outing with the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, was a success just like the first one. According to MLB.com reporter Barry M. Bloom, he’ll be back with the team for Friday’s series opener against the Washington Nationals, assuming no ill effects today.
Robertson was the starter in Tuesday’s SWB game against the Louisville Bats. He threw 14 pitches, allowed zero base runners and struck out one batter for his second scoreless outing while on the rehab assignment.
Manager Joe Girardi has stipulated that Robertson will return the to eighth inning set-up role behind Rafael Soriano, who has converted 10 of 11 save opportunities since D-Rob went on the disabled list May 15th.
GARDNER HUSH ON ANDREWS’ OPINION
Brett Gardner is pleading the fifth in reference to what famed surgeon Dr. James Andrews determined after he provided a check of Gardner’s sore right elbow. Gardner is set to see Cincinnati Reds’ orthopedic surgeon Timothy Kremchek on Thursday. Once Gardner hears Kremchek’s diagnosis, he’ll provide the details to the public.
The Yankees need Gardner’s bat back in the lineup in order to provide a different dimension to the offense.
Check back later today for the Yankees Minor League Report.