Mariano Rivera Wants to Pitch

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera says he wants to pitch in 2013.

The 43-year-old Yankees' great tore his ACL in Kansas City in May while catching fly balls.

He originally said he wouldn't retire on an injury but as time went on there were reports that disputed that claim.

 Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was contacted by Rivera on Friday. Cashman plans on starting negotiations with Rivera's agent Fernando Cuza on a new contract.

"I got a call from him saying he wants to play," Cashman said Saturday. "I'm not surprised. It's now up to Cuza and me to talk on the phone and work the details out. At the end of the day, we'll do that. He wasn't certain; now he is. "

Rivera has 608 career saves and is Major League Baseball's all-time saves leader.

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