Report: Yankees' Mariano Rivera Has Blood Clot In Right Calf

Thursday May 10th, 2012

We now have some clarity on the "complication" discovered earlier this week upon examination of Mariano Rivera's torn ACL -- a blood clot has been discovered in Rivera’s right calf, reports Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.

The New York Yankees' closer went to the hospital Monday to choose a doctor for his ACL surgery, and the blood clot was unexpectedly discovered during an exam. Doctors kept Rivera at the hospital overnight to be treated with blood thinners; they now want him to strengthen his knee and regain full range of motion before surgery.

"Maybe it is a blessing," Rivera said. "I always see it like that. I always say that things happen for a good reason. I was more concerned with the blood clot than the knee. For a minute, I was like, ‘What else can happen?’ To me, it’s a blessing. I didn’t ask why it happened, I didn’t ask how it happened; I asked, ‘How do we deal with it?’ That’s the way I wanted to leave it."

The future is unknown with Rivera still weeks away from surgery, not to mention rehab, but at the moment, the 42-year-old reliever remains optimistic about returning to the mound in 2013.

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