October 31, 2014

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.”

VIDEO