Have we seen the last of Mariano Rivera?
Even the greatest closer of all time had trouble answering that question after a freak accident during batting practice Thursday night left him with a torn ACL in his right knee.
"At this point, I don't know," Rivera said, fighting back tears. "At this point, I don't know. We have to face this first. I want to think and pray a little bit before I make decisions of whatever happens."
Rivera suffered the injury while shagging fly balls in center field, an exercise as routine as throwing his trademark cutter.
Rivera made a leaping attempt at a Jayson Nix fly ball. Rivera's right knee appeared to give out on him when he landed, then he made contact with the wall and dropped to the warning track, clutching his right knee as he grimaced.
Rivera had pitched in nine games this year. After allowing two runs and blowing a save on Opening Day, he had pitched in eight games, throwing a combined eight shutout innings, allowing three hits and no walks.
The Yankees (13-12, 4th place) will likely use David Robertson (0 runs in 11 IP) and/or Rafael Soriano as their closer for the rest of the year.