Yankees Closer Mariano Rivera Diagnosed With Blood Clot

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Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has been diagnosed with a blood clot in his right calf, a week after tearing ligaments in his right knee while shagging fly balls during batting practice in Kansas City.

Doctors have put the 42-year-old Rivera on blood-thinning medication. After the clot dissolves, Rivera will need to spend several weeks building up strength in his knee before undergoing surgery to repair the torn ligaments.

Baseball’s all-time save leader says he intends to be back on the mound for the 2013 season.

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