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MLB notebook: Yankees' Rivera plans to reveal if this is his last season

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Yankees closer Mariano Rivera stretches during the first day of spring training workouts for pitchers and catchers in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013. REUTERS/Scott Audette

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By The Associated Press
Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2013, 7:33 p.m.
 

New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera said he's reached a decision on whether this will be his final season and plans to announce it before Opening Day.

“Yes, I have,” Rivera said Wednesday after the Yankees' first spring training workout for pitchers and catchers. “But again, I will tell you guys when I think it's the right moment.”

Baseball's career saves leader had surgery June 12 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, an injury that occurred while he was shagging fly balls during batting practice in Kansas City on May 3.

The 43-year-old right-hander expects to be ready for the regular season.

He threw 25 pitches off a bullpen mound and said it felt good.

Cervelli met with clinic

Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli said he consulted with Biogenesis of America LLC after a foot injury but did not receive any treatment from the facility.

Cervelli said a recommendation to visit the clinic did not come from another player or an agent.

He declined to name the person who gave the recommendation.

The Miami New Times reported last month that Cervelli's teammate, Alex Rodriguez, bought human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances in recent years from Biogenesis, a now-closed clinic in Coral Gables, Fla., near the three-time AL MVP's offseason home.

Grandal plans apology

Suspended Padres catcher Yasmani Grandal plans to apologize to his teammates this weekend.

Grandal was banned in November for the first 50 games of the season after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. He hasn't publicly discussed the penalty beyond an initial statement.

Hernandez signs deal

Fighting back tears while his hands trembled, Felix Hernandez signed a seven-year contract with the Mariners that made him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball.

Hernandez officially completed his new deal during a news conference.

The $175 million pact covered the final two years of his existing deal that was scheduled to run through the 2014 season and added five additional years through the 2019 season.

The contract is fully guaranteed, Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said. Hernandez also got a full no-trade clause, the first one given by the franchise.

Cueto says he's fine

Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto said that he's had no lingering problems from the pulled muscles in his right side that knocked him out of the playoff opener in San Francisco.

‘'I feel good,'' Cueto said. ‘'I feel 100 percent.''

He adjusted his offseason program to let the injury heal, taking time off instead of throwing.

He'd like to pitch for the Dominican Republic in the World Baseball Classic but wasn't on its preliminary roster.

Parnell fills in as closer

Mets manager Terry Collins plans to use Bobby Parnell as the team's closer if Frank Francisco is not ready to pitch on Opening Day.

Francisco was shut down with the same right elbow inflammation that ended his season last September and ultimately led to December surgery to remove bone spurs.

Collins told Parnell on Tuesday night that he would be the first reliever in line if Francisco isn't able to start the season with the team.

Collins said Wednesday that newcomer Brandon Lyon would likely would move into the eighth-inning spot in that scenario.

 

 
 


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