Rivera sidelined by stiffness in left side

Updated: May 4, 2010, 12:17 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Closer Mariano Rivera was unavailable for the New York Yankees game against the Baltimore Orioles on Monday due to stiffness in his left side.

Apparently, Rivera has not been available since Friday night, when he closed out the 6-4 win over the Chicago White Sox but felt the stiffness.

"It didn't affect me at all," Rivera said. "I finished pitching the game, but I felt it, you know? I can't even describe it. I didn't feel any pop or pull or anything like that. But it's like, when I sneeze, I feel it."

Rivera played catch Monday and will try to throw off a mound Tuesday. He is day to day.

"I'm not worried at all," he said. "Like I said, I threw today and it felt good but I didn't want to push it."

The injuries continued to pile up for the Yankees after catcher Jorge Posada left Monday's 4-1 win early with a mild right calf strain. Like Rivera, he is day to day.

"I think any time you start seeing guys get a little bit nicked up it's a concern," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Wallace Matthews and The Associated Press contributed to this report.



  • Jurassic Park
    The so-called dinosaur Nets got the Game 1 victory in Toronto.
  • Solarte Surprise
    Yangervis Solarte has been sensational for the Yankees so far this season.
  • That Was Close
    David Wright's eighth-inning single broke up a Braves no-hit bid at Citi.
  • Bracing For The Worst
    Woody's fate will likely be announced next week -- and he's expecting bad news.
  • Complete Control
    The Rangers dominated the Flyers in Game 1 thanks to stickhandling and skill.