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Rivera: Tests found blood clot in right calf

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on May 09, 2012 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Mariano Rivera just said that the complication discovered Monday was a blood clot in his right calf. He doesnt believe its a significant problem and he has already taken steps to fix it.

There is still no date for the ACL surgery. Rivera actually has to strengthen the muscles around his knee and have full range of motion before he can have surgery. The blood
clot is not the reason he hasnt had surgery yet.

Rivera also said he was leaning toward coming back next season even before the injury.

 
 

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64 Responses to “Rivera: Tests found blood clot in right calf”

  1. Trigeminal Neuralgia Yank May 9th, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    Did the tears cause a clot?

  2. J. Alfred Prufrock May 9th, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    Dear lord.

  3. Nick in SF May 9th, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    If tears cause blood clots then about 75% of the people who’ve commented on here today should get themselves checked out, because it’s been one big cryfest on the Lohud.

  4. Ruby Wednesday May 9th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Nice info. thanks for that. Love Mo coming back ! ! !

  5. Rich in NJ May 9th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    “because it’s been one big cryfest on the Lohud.”

    #projection

    Get well soon, Mariano.

  6. Nick in SF May 9th, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Projection is in the eye of the projector.

  7. J. Alfred Prufrock May 9th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    Not funny.

    Get well Mo. Get off those thinners as soon as possible.

  8. Rich in NJ May 9th, 2012 at 4:40 pm

    “Projection is in the eye of the projector.”

    That’s the point.

  9. blake May 9th, 2012 at 4:42 pm

    My guess is its not related to his knee and that it may have been really fortunate that they found it before it moved…..you never really know with that stuff I guess.

  10. Yogi Mantle May 9th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    Being that a blood clot was found, this could be a bit of a blessing that he had this injury. It might not have been discovered leading to greater danger for his health.

    I would imagine that Rivera is already in good shape with the leg strength. I wouldn’t expect it to be that long a time till he can get the operation.

  11. Nick in SF May 9th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Yes, Rich, I get your point, and furthermore you are rubber and I am glue.

    Sorry, didn’t mean to distract from the medical analysis portion of the afternoon.

  12. tomingeorgia May 9th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Question,
    What exercises doe one do for leg strength when on has a torn acl?

  13. Rich in NJ May 9th, 2012 at 4:54 pm

    “Yes, Rich, I get your point”

    “Sorry, didn’t mean to distract from the medical analysis portion of the afternoon.”

    Yes, you do.

  14. Nick in SF May 9th, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Rich, what’s behind this move to the barricades?

  15. Wave Your Hat May 9th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    What does #projection mean? I’m not following this. I need the annotated LoHud version.

  16. Rich in NJ May 9th, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    “Rich, what’s behind this move to the barricades?”

    I’m merely behind a desk (not that I like it!!!).

  17. Ruby Wednesday May 9th, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    tomingeorgia May 9th, 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Question,
    What exercises doe one do for leg strength when on has a torn acl?

    ==============

    Now that’s a damn good question.

  18. blake May 9th, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Wonder if any of the other 4 homer games involved zero pull homers? Hamilton had three to CF and 1 opo…..impressive.

  19. theREALkevin May 9th, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    https://www.google.com/search?q=exercises+before+ACL+surgery&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a

  20. Rich in NJ May 9th, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    “Wonder if any of the other 4 homer games involved zero pull homers? Hamilton had three to CF and 1 opo…..impressive.”

    I happened to be listening to Mike F. during lunch and a caller said that his HR were
    “cheapies.” Mike countered by saying that was the dumbest call in his 20 whatever years of doing the show.

    I may not type this again: Mike may be right!

  21. blake May 9th, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    “It was a blessing that I didn’t get that job,” said Mattingly. “I was going through a rough time … trying to manage for the first time in New York … would have been absolutely miserable.”

    http://www.riveraveblues.com

  22. tomingeorgia May 9th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Ruby,
    The worst knee I ever had was a sprain, and any exercise at all seemed out of the question.

  23. blake May 9th, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    None of them were cheapies….

  24. blake May 9th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    There have been 5 less 4 homer games (16) than perfect games (21, really 22 if not for Jim Joyce)…..so which is the more impressive accomplishment?

  25. Warning Track Power May 9th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    I never imagined the complications would have been a blood clot.
    Miracles do happen!!

  26. tomingeorgia May 9th, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    theREALkevin May 9th, 2012 at 5:02 pm,
    Was that a link to torn ACL exercises? Would appreciate a clue to what I’m going to see.

  27. Rich in NJ May 9th, 2012 at 5:10 pm

    One inference to be drawn from Mattingly’s statements is that he is now ready for the job.

  28. SonyBravo May 9th, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    He was already “leaning toward coming back” next season? What happened to “My mind is made up but I’m not telling you?”

    No big deal, and sometimes the media deserves to be messed with. But if you can’t take Mo seriously on that sort of comment, I guess you can’t take anyone seriously.

  29. theREALkevin May 9th, 2012 at 5:13 pm

    tom,

    It’s a link to a Google search. There’s a bunch of good links there to pre-ACL surgery exercises.

  30. Giuseppe Franco May 9th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Blood clots are no fun.

    Spent two weeks in a hospital a couple of years ago as result of one I had in my left thigh.

    Standard protocol is taking blood thinners for six months.

  31. Ruby Wednesday May 9th, 2012 at 5:14 pm

    Tom:

    Exercise when your knee muscles are all torn up ? I don’t understand what would support the knee bending as in with weights or just bending the knee period.

  32. tomingeorgia May 9th, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    theREALkevin May 9th, 2012 at 5:13 pm
    tom,

    It’s a link to a Google search. There’s a bunch of good links there to pre-ACL surgery exercises.
    _________________
    Thanks, kevin.

  33. Bronx Jeers May 9th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    Mattingly replacing Girardi is part of my master plan.

  34. theREALkevin May 9th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    No problem.

  35. Giuseppe Franco May 9th, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    I was an advocate for hiring Mattingly in 2007 but I’ll take his word for it that he wasn’t ready for the job at that point.

    Sounds like he might be ready now. I hope it happens whenever Hal and Co. feel they’ve had their fill of Girardi.

  36. LGY May 9th, 2012 at 5:27 pm

    tomingeorgia May 9th, 2012 at 4:53 pm
    Question,
    What exercises doe one do for leg strength when on has a torn acl?

    ———

    Nothing too strenuous. Leg lifts, knee bends, laying down and flexing the quad, stuff like that. Just exercises to help with range of motion and get the muscles firing.

  37. Nick in SF May 9th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    “What does #projection mean? I’m not following this. I need the annotated LoHud version.”

    Well, you might consider me an unreliable reporter, as I’m part of this controversy, but here goes:

    At 4:36 p.m. I made an admittedly weak pun (judged “Not funny” soon after) and changed the meaning of Trigeminal Neuralgia Yank’s use of “tears” as in rips to tears as in the liquid result of crying. I did so as a piquant or perhaps pungent commentary on much of the flavor of the comment section over the course of the day.

    I think Rich’s use of “#projection” was meant to suggest that the real complainer and crybaby is me; that I was projecting my own complaining and crying. (The use of the hashtag has to do with twitter lingo, if that’s what you were really asking about.)

  38. Cashmoney May 9th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    what’s Mattingly’s strength as a manager?

  39. luis May 9th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Good afternoon,

    Mo get well soon.

    GF,

    We have to get rid of Cashman first.

  40. luis May 9th, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Cashmoney May 9th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    what’s Mattingly’s strength as a manager?

    ======================

    He knows the Yankee culture better than anyone. He would protect the team’s legacy better than Girardi. He has learned in Los Angeles as well. But my first choice would be Pena though.

  41. Against All Odds May 9th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Cashmoney May 9th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    what’s Mattingly’s strength as a manager?

    ————————-

    No binder :D

  42. luis May 9th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Against All Odds May 9th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Cashmoney May 9th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    what’s Mattingly’s strength as a manager?

    ————————-

    No binder :D

    //////

    I like that one!! No more notes in to the binder!! :D

  43. Wave Your Hat May 9th, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    Ah, thanks, Nick in SF. Now I get it. But your pun was the highlight of an incredibly weak LoHud comment section this PM.

  44. Bronx Jeers May 9th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    And Rich’s move to the barricades?

  45. tomingeorgia May 9th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    luis,
    You sure Mattingly doesnt have a binder? Most of them do, anymore.

  46. Rich in NJ May 9th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    “I think Rich’s use of “#projection” was meant to suggest that the real complainer and crybaby is me; that I was projecting my own complaining and crying. (The use of the hashtag has to do with twitter lingo, if that’s what you were really asking about.)”

    No, just that I am sick of the bs that is repeatedly, unnecessarily being injected into threads that may otherwise have a chance to be about something (rather than nothing).

  47. Warning Track Power May 9th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Are both Gardner and Chavez eligible to be activated off the DL on the same day???

    When Gardner returns, I assume Wise is going back to AAA
    What about Chavez??? Who will be sent down to make room for him???

  48. luis May 9th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

    Blake,

    you were talking about Banuelos earlier….Here is an interesting read and has a few very encouraging comments.

    http://www.yankeeanalysts.com/.....nues-41193

  49. Against All Odds May 9th, 2012 at 5:43 pm

    luis May 9th, 2012 at 5:36 pm

    Against All Odds May 9th, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    Cashmoney May 9th, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    what’s Mattingly’s strength as a manager?

    ————————-

    No binder :D

    //////

    I like that one!! No more notes in to the binder!! :D

    ——————————-

    Death to the binder

  50. Giuseppe Franco May 9th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    What’s interesting now regarding the Girardi vs. Mattingly showdown in 2007 was the perception that Girardi was going to be more of a new school manager and more of a drill sergeant opposed to Mattingly, who was perceived as someone who was more or less Joe Torre 2.0 and a rookie skipper.

    Obviously, Girardi isn’t the ballbuster he was perceived to be (with the Marlins, anyway) and his new school philosophy has rubbed many fans the wrong way due to, arguably, his over-reliance on his binder.

    Funny how things turn out.

  51. luis May 9th, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    tomingeorgia May 9th, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    luis,
    You sure Mattingly doesnt have a binder? Most of them do, anymore.

    ================================

    Seriously talking, they all do, you are right about that. But i think Mattingly would be more flexible and open to think outside the box. I do like the way Girardi handles the pitching staff, but he has no feel for in game situations in general. Another plus would be that he understands the Yankee Legacy better than most and would protect it and be faithful to it than most other managers.

  52. luis May 9th, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    Giuseppe Franco May 9th, 2012 at 5:45 pm

    What’s interesting now regarding the Girardi vs. Mattingly showdown in 2007 was the perception that Girardi was going to be more of a new school manager and more of a drill sergeant opposed to Mattingly, who was perceived as someone who was more or less Joe Torre 2.0 and a rookie skipper.

    Obviously, Girardi isn’t the ballbuster he was perceived to be (with the Marlins, anyway) and his new school philosophy has rubbed many fans the wrong way due to, arguably, his over-reliance on his binder.

    Funny how things turn out.

    ==========================

    At the time, i was all in on Girardi. I thought that Mattingly needed more seasoning. In the end is not the binder that i don’t like from Girardi, is the lack of feel for in game situations.

  53. Jerkface May 9th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    I stand by Girardi over Mattingly. At the time Donnie was a rookie, and it has taken him some time to come into his own as a manager.

  54. Nick in SF May 9th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

    “And Rich’s move to the barricades?”

    He seemed to take offense on behalf of the 75% and moved into “mad as hell, not gonna take it anymore mode” in subsequent posts. “To the barricades” is a common phrase evoking intense street protest, resistance, and rebellion. I think it dates back to the various European revolts of 1848 and beyond.

  55. Rich in NJ May 9th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    “But i think Mattingly would be more flexible and open to think outside the box. ”

    I think so too, but obviously, I don’t know that it’s true.

    For example, Girardi’s lineup construction is so inflexible and it may well have cost the team in the ALDS.

    Would it have really been so horrible to let a hot Posada bat higher in the lineup?

    And now that Tex is slumping/declining mightily v. RHP, would it be so bad to let Swisher bat 5th?

    He was recently asked about changing the lineup in the postgame, and basically said, what good would it do? Well, duh, that’s why you try it: to find out.

    Again, I don’t know what Mattingly would do/would have done, but I do know what Girardi does.

  56. Jerkface May 9th, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    And of the things the Yankee manager has the most control over (bullpen management) Girardi was / is exceptional for a manager. Unfortunately Girardi’s faults are starting to have a bigger impact on the game lately.

  57. tomingeorgia May 9th, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Nick,
    It dates from 1789, if you can believe Hugo’s “Les Miserables”.

  58. Rich in NJ May 9th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    “It dates from 1789, if you can believe Hugo’s ‘Les Miserables’.”

    So they were able to eat cake behind the barricades?

  59. DaveD May 9th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Girardi did bench Swisher for Jerry Hairston in the WS in 09. He also had his Molina/Posada platoon.

    When people say they want him to move guys, they are mainly referring to A-Rod/Tex. He’s tried that already, flipped them all between 3rd and 5th. He’s not going to alienate them by batting them below that, just like he wasn’t going to move Jeter to 7th like people wanted him to. He batted Posada, deservedly so, 9th in the order, and all hell broke lose.

    He can tinker within reasoning. Flipping Tex between 3rd and 5th or Jeter between 1st and 2nd when he was struggling, is window-dressing. He’s not going to be able to do more than that. The lower tier guys, he always plays around with.

  60. Nick in SF May 9th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Tomingeorgia, that makes sense. Although some historians contend that the original barricade was the junk in Madame Defarge’s trunk.

  61. tomingeorgia May 9th, 2012 at 5:59 pm

    Rich, eat’em if you’ve got’em.

  62. Bronx Jeers May 9th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    I always envisioned Rich as more of a “let them eat cake” kind of poster. :wink:

  63. Cashmoney May 9th, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Again, I don’t know what Mattingly would do/would have done, but I do know what Girardi does.
    ———-
    I don’t know either Rich which is more or less the point. I just wanna some inputs from someone who actually seen Mattingly manage on a consistent basis to shed some tangible strength he possess as a manager before bequeath him as possible better candidate than Joe. You point on Joe’s inflexibility is quite valid imo btw.

  64. luis May 9th, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Rich in NJ May 9th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    “But i think Mattingly would be more flexible and open to think outside the box. ”

    I think so too, but obviously, I don’t know that it’s true.

    For example, Girardi’s lineup construction is so inflexible and it may well have cost the team in the ALDS.

    Would it have really been so horrible to let a hot Posada bat higher in the lineup?

    And now that Tex is slumping/declining mightily v. RHP, would it be so bad to let Swisher bat 5th?

    He was recently asked about changing the lineup in the postgame, and basically said, what good would it do? Well, duh, that’s why you try it: to find out.

    Again, I don’t know what Mattingly would do/would have done, but I do know what Girardi does.

    ===========================

    Me neither, but i am willing to bet that he would be more flexible than Girardi. My top candidate was Pena, because he would play what we call down here Caribbean Baseball, which in general implies thinking constantly outside the box.

    Another move i never understood in the ALDS is if Martin was struggling mightily, why not pinch hit for him with Montero with the bases loaded? That’s the move that is still burning in my memory.


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