From Dan Martin:
Mariano Rivera chose not to talk with reporters after his long-toss session before last night’s 8-2 victory over the Rangers, but his appearance on the field at Yankee Stadium said a lot about how far he already has come in his rehab from surgery to repair his torn right ACL.
Nevertheless, the Yankees’ stance on the closer’s future for 2012 remains unchanged: “I don’t see it happening, but I don’t ever say never,” manager Joe Girardi said.
Maybe not, but general manager Brian Cashman reiterated yesterday the closer is done for the season.
While Girardi didn’t watch Rivera, pitching coach Larry Rothschild did, and said it went “fine.” The next step in Rivera’s recovery has yet to be decided as he makes his way back from tearing up his right knee chasing a fly ball during batting practice in Kansas City on May 3.
Despite the Yankees’ certainty Rivera’s season is over, Girardi said yesterday was another positive step for the pitcher who looked healthy as he wandered around the Stadium.
“Larry told me he threw well and looked pretty good,” Girardi said. “When you’re a baseball player and you can’t do the things you used to do, as soon as you can you try it.”I, like the Yankees, don't see any kind of comeback this season, but it's still good to know that he's working his way back.