Rivera held out because of tenderness
On a day when one of the Yankees’ future Hall of Famers returned from the disabled list, another was idled with what is being described as a minor injury.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said after Monday’s 6-3 loss to Cleveland that closer Mariano Rivera was unavailable to pitch because of tenderness in his lower right triceps muscle. Girardi said Rivera hasn’t been scheduled for tests and left open the possibility that Rivera could return Tuesday.
“I got a lot of treatment today,” Rivera said Monday. “It’s been improving. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll be ready to pitch. … I’m not concerned about it at all.”
Rivera, 41, said he felt sore after Sunday’s 3-2 loss to the Mets, in which he allowed one earned run and blew a save opportunity in the ninth inning. Rivera is 1-1 with a 1.91 ERA in 35 games this year and has converted 21 of 25 save chances.
Rivera’s longtime teammate Derek Jeter came off the disabled list Monday after missing three weeks with a right calf strain. Jeter went 0-for-4 and said afterward, “Physically, I feel fine.”