Mariano Rivera to Undergo Surgery to Repair Vocal Cords

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December 1, 2011

Mariano Rivera will undergo surgery this offseason, but not the kind that you may expect for a pitcher. The 42-year-old closer for the Yankees told the New York Post that he will have a procedure done on his vocal cords and admits he is cautious of the surgery.

“It’s been a month. Every time I talk it gets worse and worse,” Rivera said. “When you are talking about surgery, nothing is simple.”

Rivera will have his vocal cords scraped and it’s unclear if he will miss any time this spring while recovering.

“I don’t like surgery but the sooner the better,” he added.

Rivera has completed four consecutive seasons with a sub-2.00 ERA and a WHIP under 1.00 with 44 saves and 60 strikeouts last season. He is the all-time saves leader in MLB history with 603 for his career.

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