February 11, 2016

Yankees closer Rivera hurt before Royals game (AUDIO/VIDEO)

Mariano Rivera is held by manager Joe Girardi and a member of the Yankees staff. YES Network Video Screenshot

In a freak accident last night at Kauffman Stadium, before the Royals took on the Yankees, New York’s closer Mariano Rivera suffered a torn ACL when he fell while shagging a fly ball in the outfield during batting practice.  Chasing balls in the outfield during BP is routine for Rivera who said it is a part of his exercise before a game. Rivera said his foot got caught up between the grass and warning track.

AUDIO Mariano Rivera talks about what happened (:24)

The YES Network was taping batting practice at the time and caught the injury and third baseman Alex Rodriquez’ reaction. You can read his lips as he says “Oh God.”