I’ll have more later, but Mariano Rivera just said he will absolutely pitch again. He’s determined to not let his career end like this.
UPDATE, 5:29 p.m.: Rivera didn’t leave much wiggle room for himself.
“I am coming back,” he said. “Put it down. Write it down in big letters. I’m not going down like this. God willing and given the strength, I’m coming back.”
Rivera is not sure he can pitch again this season, but he repeated that “miracles happen.” Ultimately, he’s ready to pitch next season, and he won’t pitch for anyone but the Yankees.
“Oh yeah,” he said. “They will want the old goat.”
Also, the Yankees have optioned D.J. Mitchell back to Triple-A to make room for Dewayne Wise. They’ve also moved Michael Pineda to the 60-day to open a 40-man spot, and obviously they’ve put Rivera on the 15-day disabled list to open a spot for Cody Eppley.