“If I was putting money on it, I would put my money on Mo,” Dr. Keith Pyne told the New York Post.
According to Joel Sherman’s story, Rivera has been rehabbing four days a week in Manhattan. Although Rivera initially said he would like to be around the team as much as possible, he has rarely been in the clubhouse before or after games. and the general consensus — from Brian Cashman to Dr. David Altchek — has been that Rivera won’t be available until next season. That seemed especially true when the surgery itself was pushed back several weeks because of swelling and a blood clot.
Dr. Pyne, however, said the delay was good because it let Rivera do some pre-surgery rehabilitation work. Dr. Pyne also cited Rivera’s athleticism, mental makeup and the fact it was a partial not full tear that had to be repaired.
“For me there is biological age and chronological age,” Pyne told Sherman. “I don’t see Mariano Rivera’s biological age as 42. He is mechanically and physically not a 42-year-old. He has the genetics of a much, much younger guy. This is not his last season. I cannot make the determination (of the exact date he will return). But physically he will be able to do whatever it takes to pitch again.”
In other reliever news, David Aardsma tweeted today that “tests and everything have been good” following his setback during rehab from Tommy John surgery. Aardsma said he’s just waiting for the green light from Dr. Lewis Yocum before he starts throwing again.
From the Joba Chamberlain rehab outing, to the Rivera story to the Aardsma tweet — this has been quite an All-Star Tuesday for injured Yankees relievers.
Associated Press photo of Rivera with Tommy John at Old Timers’ Day