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Surgery likely for Rivera

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Sep 26, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

I’m hoping to get more information on this later from Brian Cashman, who is supposed to be here today.

But Mariano Rivera is getting a second opinion on his shoulder today and every indication is that he will need surgery to repair bone spurs. It’s minor surgery, a scope. But no surgery is minor when you’re talking about a 38-year-old pitcher and shoulder issues are almost always more complicated than elbow injuries.

There seems to be little chance that Mo will pitch this weekend.

Then again, maybe he just has a cranky body and was getting his physical.

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50 Responses to “Surgery likely for Rivera”

  1. Laura September 26th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    Have the surgery now and get ready for next season.

    God speed, Mo!

  2. RalphieD (dont hate gardner) September 26th, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    “Then again, maybe he just has a cranky body and was getting his physical.”

    unnecessary :P

  3. Bronx Jeers September 26th, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    Pete,

    Has Cash personally apologized to you yet?

  4. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Brotherhood of the Fist September 26th, 2008 at 3:08 pm

    Mo: Come back healthy!

  5. ease up, fella September 26th, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Pete, I agree with you that Girardi is a liar, but you are acting like a child with all the shots you are taking. Have you ever heard of the sayin, ” Don’t bring yourself down to his/her level. ” ??? You are WAY overboard, dude. Let it go….Go see a movie…Listen to some tunes….LIGHTEN UP, FRANCIS !!!

  6. mel September 26th, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    Hope things turn out well. I think we could’ve done without the drama. The end result would still be the same.

  7. TurnTwo September 26th, 2008 at 3:10 pm

    somebody better call wahmbulance for Pete.

  8. Gardner_CF_2009 September 26th, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Imagine if the Yanks HAD made the playoffs and we were going to have to go in there without Mo. We’d be done. But I wouldn’t be surprised if Mo wasn’t hurting for months but didn’t want to say anything until the Yanks were eliminated. He’s a true professional.

  9. Joe from Long Island September 26th, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    Any surgery is concerning, and gets your attention.

    Here’s hoping Mo is OK, and is good and ready for ST. He is my favorite Yankee, even more so than the Captain.

  10. Dan September 26th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Francisco Rodriguez anyone?

  11. Mrs, Kekich September 26th, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    I don’t think Pete is out of line getting on Girardi for this. What is wrong with you people? Girardi is being an uptight and ut of line. You’d prefer a cheerleader/shill cover the team? WTF? I guess I shouldn’t expect much from see-no-evil fans who didn’t even care that Pettitte lied about his use of PEDs.

  12. Steve September 26th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Let it go Pete, no one cares how you feel about the way Girardi treats you. The Yankees aren’t government institution or a publicly traded company that require complete transparency. He is the manager of the New York Yankees and you write for some local paper in Westchester, in the grand scheme of things I’m going to trust Girardi’s judgment and disregard your hurt feelings and the completely disingenious argument that Girardi is somehow hurting the fans by being misleading about comments to the press regarding injuries.

  13. mel September 26th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Huh, I thought Idealists were an extinct species.

  14. TurnTwo September 26th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    so how long is it going to take for the conversation to turn into:

    “surgery for mo? well now Joba really has to stay in the bullpen.”

  15. Ben September 26th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    It’s tough to cover the team every day when one of your principal sources is less than candid. You cannot call the source out on mis-truths and half-truths too directly, or too often, because you have to work with the source daily for the remainder of the season, and presumably next. It’s a tough situation.

  16. RhapsodyInBlue September 26th, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    You would think Girardi had secretly photographed the games and practice sessions of his competitors.

    It’s out in the public domain, what’s the point?

  17. TurnTwo September 26th, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    “Francisco Rodriguez anyone?”

    not a chance.

  18. Sea Net September 26th, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    I don’t condone Girardi lying, but Cashman was completely out of line with throwing him under the bus.

  19. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Brotherhood of the Fist September 26th, 2008 at 3:17 pm

    mel: Really? And how long have you known me?

    Guys, if this really is minor surgery and Mo is getting it now, I imagine he’ll be ready for most if not all of next season.

  20. tim boat September 26th, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    now that Rivera is out for the season who wants to bet a blown save will cost Mussina a shot at 20?

  21. Bronx Jeers September 26th, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    New updated quotes from the universe:

    Girardi: ” Mo is fine. 75% of MLB closers need surgery.”

    Kennedy: ” I’m just not to worried about Mo’s shoulder.”

    Cashman: ” I’m actually a mole working for Sox. Do you honestly think I would sign Pavano AND Kei Igawa if I had this teams best interest at heart?”

  22. Laura September 26th, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    ““Francisco Rodriguez anyone?”

    You are giving up on Mo already? Some fan.

  23. StandingO'Neill September 26th, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Darn…so close to putting it behind us for today. Me thinks Pete threw that in there to get us riled up again, lol.

    Pete is right about Mo, minor surgery but you always have to be slightly concerned. Hope it goes well!

  24. saucY September 26th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    good luck to Mo! hope he’s okay and the surgury is as minor as they’re saying…

    just started reading this about Andrew Brackman
    http://www.baseballamerica.com.....66929.html

    sorry if it’s been posted already

  25. vtred September 26th, 2008 at 3:20 pm

    This changes our off-season plans dramatically. We must sign 2 FA pitchers. Any combination of CC, Burnett, Lowe, Sheets, Perez, Garland,

    Now Joba needs to be available on standby to take over for MO. If thats the case, Hughes can slide right into his spot in the rotation.

    This is why Hughes needs to be the 6th starter this year, way too many things can happen and we need to have extra starters. We don’t need to dip into the Rasner/Giese pool again.

  26. Doreen September 26th, 2008 at 3:21 pm

    What purpose does the last line of this entry serve??

    The point has been made. Girardi lies to the media about injuries. Move on.

    I want to know about Mo’s injury. I don’t think sarcasm is necessary. Sometimes it’s effective; here it’s just self-indulgent.

    I hope the surgery is indeed minor and that Mo has a speedy recovery.

  27. mel September 26th, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    Doreen,

    We’re all cranky. Waahhhh!

  28. Jeremy September 26th, 2008 at 3:24 pm

    “now that Rivera is out for the season who wants to bet a blown save will cost Mussina a shot at 20?”

    I’ll take that bet. A Rivera blown save might have already cost Mussina a shot at 20.

  29. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 26th, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    *starting the countdown until Mrs Kekich’s post is deleted*

  30. E-Man September 26th, 2008 at 3:27 pm

    The doctors are wrong.

    Girardi said Mo was just cranky. Girardi is always right.

    Cashman should be fired for not telling the truth like Girardi. Pete, LoHud should fire you too for having the nerve to question Girardi. How dare you. That’s not fair and balanced journalism. Just write down what they say and don’t say a word.

  31. Angel - A tale told by idiots, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing September 26th, 2008 at 3:29 pm

    Ditto, Doreen.

    I’m getting a bit sick of it too.

    This morning it was a point of thinking there was a little fault on both sides, in that Girardi could have managed it better, but some people were becoming overly snarky to the point of being a bit unprofessional about it.

    Now I’m convinced thats the case, I’m becoming less surprised about it though. :roll:

  32. Rob NY -- 2009 The Road to Redemption September 26th, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Bravo E-Man I don’t know why any of us question the mighty Yankee line. It really is infuriating that anyone thinks they should have access to athletes outside of the lines. Ask Joe questions pertaining to the field of play and only the field of play. That stuff will be engrossing and keep you completely satisfied. The Yankees will give you all of the information you need about injuries and never lie. If you think you need anything else, go get a lobotomy, because you’re crazy. 9-10 fans agree, Joe Girardi is a truthspeaker!

  33. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! September 26th, 2008 at 3:33 pm

    Guess I’ll do my usual and ignore the drama and wait for what I am POSITIVE will be a successful outcome.

    Arthroscopic surgery has come a long way in the more than forty years it’s been around…

  34. Rob NY -- 2009 The Road to Redemption September 26th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    “Arthroscopic surgery has come a long way in the more than forty years it’s been around…”

    It did right by my left knee. He is a hard worker so I agree Mo can overcome it.

  35. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! September 26th, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    Balanced journalism. So that’s what you call Pete’s ongoing vendetta against Girardi.

    Ahso!

  36. GreenBeret7 September 26th, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Bone spurs are relatively normal, especially as you get older. Medication or laser surgery can take care of it. It’s not likely that they’re doing invasive surgery into the muscle. They remove the additional growth and likely to be an inpatient procedure. This is the normal procedure, minus complications.

  37. Fran September 26th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    If Mo does need the surgery, here’s to a speedy recovery and hope that he is ready for spring training.

    As for Cashman and Girardi, they really need to talk. If Cashman is staying, he needs to work with the manager, not against him. (I remember last season when Cashman and Torre had a problem over the Joba rules being leaked to the media and Cashman effectively threw Torre under the bus.)

  38. GreenBeret7 September 26th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    ***correction: make that outpatient procedure.***

  39. trisha - BRING BOBBY BACK! September 26th, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Fran, I am just one of those people who believe half of what I hear, especially on a blog. I don’t know that Cashman threw Girardi under a bus. All I read here is that Murti said something about something that Cashman said, on the FAN.

    I’m sure some point down the line we will be able to read direct quotes from Cashman.

  40. tony September 26th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    Hey Pete,

    are you as big of a tough guy when you talk to the players/Manager as you are on your blog?

  41. li September 26th, 2008 at 3:53 pm

    LIGHTEN UP, FRANCIS. lol

  42. li September 26th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    I am guessig that Pete isn’t always completely candid with us. Likely he chooses not to reveal certain types of information to his faithful readers for one reason or the other.

  43. Gardner_CF_2009 September 26th, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Pete is great about giving us information as soon as he gets it. Often times, he adds his own opinions and/or sarcasm. This is a bad thing? I’ve been following Girardi and the Yanks all year. I for one have grown tired of all this secrecy with Girardi. Like the truth won’t come out eventually. If you don’t want to comment on an injury, just say “I don’t want to comment”. But don’t lie. It’s insulting to me as a fan so I know it must be insulting to the guys covering the team on a daily basis.

  44. StandingO'Neill September 26th, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    Gardner….you as a fan are insulted that Girardi doesn’t tell you everything he knows? Lighten up man. Enjoy the game not whats going on in the locker room.

  45. george September 26th, 2008 at 4:25 pm

    Pete needs to have his personal crankiness scoped.

    fortunately Girardi’s relations w/the media are utterly irrelevant. if the Yanks win he’ll be in good stead, if they lose he’ll be out of town. ‘Das it.

    the media likes to imagine that how managers “handle” the Big Bad NY Media has a material effect. but if that were true, then Torre would still be here, for example.

  46. Jeter's Edge (In Blaz'n Copper!) September 26th, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Pete, just so you know, you are the best. And the internet is full of whinners and complainers! I’m pretty sure that’s why they invented the internet in the first place, so people could find other people who like to complain as much as they do.

  47. Bill from NJ September 26th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Steve – you’re an idiot.

  48. vinny-b September 26th, 2008 at 4:35 pm

    “Steve
    September 26th, 2008 at 3:15 pm
    Let it go Pete, no one cares how you feel about the way Girardi treats you. The Yankees aren’t government institution or a publicly traded company that require complete transparency. He is the manager of the New York Yankees and you write for some local paper in Westchester, in the grand scheme of things I’m going to trust Girardi’s judgment and disregard your hurt feelings and the completely disingenious argument that Girardi is somehow hurting the fans by being misleading about comments to the press regarding injuries”

    exactly.

    I bet if Girardi had it to do over again, he would’ve been nicer to Pete back in the spring. And smiled more.

  49. Bobby September 26th, 2008 at 4:47 pm

    Wow is all I have to say. Bone spurs are as minor as it can get, Pete’s trying to stir things up AGAIN. What a shock. But to be honest, he’s not being completely truthful like Girardi.

    Maybe I should start acting like Pete here every time he falsely reports something. Like back in July when he posted BREAKING NEWS in bold and reported Washburn had been traded to the Yanks. And now he’s trying to get everyone all worried about a minor surgery. Wow. I’m glad Pete sets himself to the same standards he does Girardi.

  50. arliss September 26th, 2008 at 9:45 pm

    You sound like such a child and a fool with ur mocking of Girardi and the cranky body. For example, Joe to Mike Francessa the same thing he told you yesterday…Mike didn’t whine about being misled at all, and Mike is a somebody. Honestly, the immaturity you have shown is so much more pathetic than him lying to you. Its comical you don’t see it that way. Pathetic.don’t respond to me. Don’t want to hear it. Done with ur garbage

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