Mariano may need vocal cord surgery

Mariano Rivera dropped some unexpected news yesterday, telling reporters at a charity event in New Rochelle, N.Y. that he may need surgery on his vocal cords. The Yankees closer has been bothered by a raspy voice for about a month.

“Every time I talk, it gets worse and worse,” Rivera said, according to the New York Daily News. “I thought it was a little simple thing and I went to the doctor and she said they might have to do something. I think they have to scrape them.”

While Rivera said that there’s no simple procedure when it comes to surgery, the Yankees can be pleased that at least the problem isn’t with Rivera’s right arm. He also wouldn’t tip his hand as far as what he’s thinking about beyond 2012, as Rivera enters the final season of a two-year, $30 million deal.

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If it’s just a local anesthesia…no sweat.


I hope the surgery goes well for him. He is a great closer.


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