Yankees Rivera Hospitalized With Blood Clot

May 9, 2012 Updated: October 1, 2015
New York Yankees v Kansas City Royals
Mariano Rivera still hopes to return in 2013. (Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera was hospitalized overnight this week after doctors discovered a blood clot in his right calf, according to a report on the team’s website.

Rivera said he had been on blood thinners and that it won’t affect his recovery from a torn ACL in his right knee.

The discovery of the blood clot came as doctors were examining his injured knee.

“For a minute, I was like, ‘What else can happen?’ To me, it’s a blessing. I didn’t ask why it happened, I didn’t ask how it happened. I asked, ‘How do we deal with it?’ That’s the way I wanted to leave it.”

Rivera, currently on crutches as he attempts to strengthen the knee before surgery, said he noticed a stiff and sore sensation in his calf during the examination of his knee and mentioned it to the attending physician.

Rivera has stated that he expects a 2013 return.

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