May 10, 2012- Mariano Rivera, the closer for the New York Yankees for most of the last generation, has had a blood clot discovered in his calf. Last Thursday, the Yankee reliever tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his knee. He was told by doctors stay off his feet for a number of days.
Rivera said on Wednesday he was being treated for the clot with special medication. He will have surgery on the knee within 10 days to two weeks and says he will return to pitch next season. The closer for the Yankees since 1997 said he would work hard the entire year and return to add to his career saves major league record.
Rivera said doctors found the clot when they performed a follow up exam on Monday, after he had reported having pain in the calf. He said he was very scared when he heard from the doctors about the clot.
Doctors said that it is not uncommon for older patients to get blood clots following torn knee ligaments. Because Rivera is 42 years of age, he is considered older.
Rivera said he had not had surgery as of yet because he wanted to wait until the full range of motion in his knee had returned. He also said the doctors want him to stop his medication for the blood clot for a day prior to his surgery and then use them following the surgery.