Mariano Rivera gave his annual State of the Greatest Closer Ever speech this morning. It centered on the health of his shoulder, which underwent a surgical procedure in October.
Rivera had a bone spur that was taken out. After a winter of rehab, he started tossing about two weeks ago. He has yet to throw off the mound, which is not particularly unusual for him. Rivera generally need 8-10 innings in the spring to get ready.
Asked whether he was worried, Rivera shook his head. “It will be there,” he said. “It will be there.”
Rivera also likes what the Yankees did to rebuild their rotation. “We have a great team to bring a championship to the new Stadium,” he said.
Rivera, by the way, turned 39 in November.