New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera will undergo surgery to remove polyps on his vocal chords, according to the Yankees’ official site.
The 42-year-old closer will not be able to speak for a week after the procedure but his recovery time is unlikely to affect his ability to participate in the 2012 season.
Next season may be Rivera’s last, as he intimated to the New York Post last week that, “I have one year left. I might call it over. I will know more in spring training.’’ The 17-year veteran is baseball’s all-time saves leader with a career total of 603, 44 of which he recorded in 2011. He also posted a 1.91 ERA, which marked his fourth straight season under 2.00.