Whatever odds that Mariano Rivera could return from knee surgery later this season appeared thoroughly dashed by Rivera’s revelation Wednesday that doctors had discovered a blood clot in his right calf.
Rivera, 42, reported that he had complained, during a Monday examination, of coldness and soreness in the calf, leading to the blood clot diagnosis.
He was given blood-thinning medication, which he will take until 24 hours before undergoing knee surgery at a date to be determined, and was kept at New York Presbyterian Hospital overnight for further tests. “I’m OK,” he said. “I believe (the clot) is taken care of already.”
Rivera tore a ligament and damaged cartilage in his right knee while shagging fly balls in batting practice at Kansas City last Thursday. He said he “didn’t even ask” what may have caused the clot.
“I was scared,” Rivera said. “I never hear good things about blot clots. But I take it, like, ‘OK, what do we have to do?’ ” He repeated that he is determined to pitch again, “because I don’t want to leave (baseball) the way it happened.”
RED SOX ‘VOICE’ DIES
Boston Red Sox public address announcer Carl Beane, the voice of Fenway Park whose booming baritone called ballplayers to the plate for two World Series champions, died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack while driving. He was 59.
The Worcester District Attorney said that Beane died in an accident after his SUV crossed the double yellow lines and left the road before hitting a tree and a wall. He was pronounced dead at Harrington Hospital in Southbridge, Mass.
FANS SUE OVER TV
A small group of baseball fans is suing Major League Baseball, its clubs and some television broadcast entities, claiming they collude to eliminate competition in the showing of games on the Internet and television.
The antitrust lawsuit filed in federal court in Manhattan seeks a court declaration that the defendants engage in antitrust behavior and appropriate remedies, including unspecified damages. The lawsuit said the defendants possess monopoly power over the market for video presentations of major league games and have used the power to exclude or limit competition.
Former major league outfielder Rosendo “Rusty” Torres has pleaded not guilty to charges he sexually abused an 8-year-old while working as a baseball coach for Oyster Bay, a town on New York’s Long Island. The 63-year-old Torres, who played for five major league teams from 1971-80, is charged with four misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse. His bail was set at $50,000. … Pirates left-handed pitcher Erik Bedard, a former Mariners pitcher, left Wednesday’s game against Washington in the second inning due to back spasms. … Chicago White Sox reliever Chris Sale will have an MRI on his left elbow in Chicago today, less than a week after being named closer. … The Blue Jays demoted struggling closer Francisco Cordero, a day after he surrendered a game-ending grand slam in a 7-3 loss to Oakland. Casey Janssen will close for now. … The Royals put pitcher Jonathan Sanchez (left biceps tendinitis) on the 15-day disabled list.