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BALTIMORE, MD - APRIL 11: Closer Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees throws to a Baltimore Orioles batter during the tenth inning of the Yankees 6-4 win at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on April 11, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)


Mariano Rivera Tore His ACL, Putting His Career in Jeopardy

When Mariano Rivera was carted off the field after injuring his knee shagging fly balls during batting practice in Kansas City yesterday, initial word was that he'd twisted his knee and would be going for an MRI. But we'd later learn the diagnosis from Royals team doctor Vincent Kay would be about as bad as possible: Rivera suffered a torn ACL and a torn meniscus. He'll likely miss the rest of the 2012 season, and it's unclear if he'll ever pitch again.

Rivera, 42, hinted before the season that this could be his last year in the majors, and he said he expected to reveal whether or not he'd return to pitch in 2013 before this year's All-Star break. Now, though, in the immediate aftermath of yesterday's injury, Rivera says he doesn't know what his future holds. "At this point, I don’t know," Rivera said last night. "I have to face this first."

When Rivera collapsed to the ground near the outfield fence, Alex Rodriguez could be seen near home plate saying, "Oh my God. Oh my God." Here's the video, from the YES Network. It's easy to understand why A-Rod was so concerned:

More on Rivera in a bit.

Photo: Rob Carr/2012 Getty Images