Mariano Rivera will not participate in the all-star game. He said he’s been pitching hurt and wants the time off.
UPDATE, 9:32 p.m.: Just got upstairs from the dugout, where Rivera talked to the media immediately after batting practice. He’s still dealing with the soreness in his side that left him sidelined earlier this season, and he hurt his right knee during the Dodgers series.
“I’ve been pitching hurt,” he said. “My knee and my side, and I know they are going to use me so I prefer to take this day off and make sure that I’m ready for the second half.”
Rivera said he believes he can still pitch this week, but he knows he can’t go two innings any time soon.
The knee problem seems fairly significant. It happened while he was shagging in the outfield in Los Angeles, and Rivera said he feels it on every pitch. He has some level of inflammation in the knee. The oblique injury happened in early May, and Rivera said it still hasn’t gone away completely.