A few weeks back, Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote an article that included some interesting quotes from Mariano Rivera’s rehab doctor. Dr. Keith Pyne suggested that the Yankees closer could return at some point this season, even after Yankees general manager Brian Cashman stated that same week that in terms of 2012, “he’s out.”
Cashman went on SiriusXMradio today to clear this all up once and for all. He was asked about the report he may be able to return this year, his response.
No. I mean, his physical therapist that he’s working with, I thought was unprofessional and went public with things. I mean, mediacal personnel should be quiet. And it’s not our physical therapist, it’s someone he;s got that we’ve signed off on. But those guys should not be doing interviews, and he provided an interview that was, you know not a fair reflection of where this player’s at. His over-enthusiasm, I thought provided improper information. He’s not coming back this year, but unfortunately people get excited.
So there we have it, Rivera is out the year, Rafael Soriano will remain the Yankees closer.