It’s very likely the last image of Mariano Rivera in a Yankees uniform will have him writhing in pain on the warning track of Kauffman Stadium Thursday night.
Diagnosed by Dr. Vincent Key, the Royals team physician, with a torn ACL in the right knee, the best closer of all time said he also has a meniscus issue after undergoing an MRI exam.
“At this point I don’t know,’’ a damp-eyed Rivera answered when asked if he will pitch again. “We have to fight this first.’’
The Yankees said the torn ACL was a preliminary diagnosis but one look around a somber clubhouse told a different story.
Alex Rodriguez, who witnessed Rivera stumbling on the track when his cleats skidded on the dirt while shagging a Jayson Nix batting practice fly ball, had a hard time talking about it.
But as Rodriguez stood near home plate awaiting his swings during batting practice and saw his teammate crumple, he yelled “Oh, my God. Oh, my God.’’