Chipper: Mariano will be ahead of schedule

Count Chipper Jones, who knows a thing or two about blown ACLs, among those who think that Mariano Rivera could beat the anticipated timetable of recovery from his injury. Generally speaking, it could take a pitcher five or six months to come back from the type of injury Rivera suffered on Thursday.

“There’s a lot of rehab involved,” said Jones, who tore his ACL in 1994 and again in 2010, at 38 years old. “But with his work ethic, I think we all know he’ll be ahead of schedule. If there is any possibility of coming back by the end of the season, I think Mo could probably do it.

“I felt cheated the last two months of the season because I was playing good baseball at the time. It gave me confidence that I could still play. I’m sure he feels the same way, like he got cheated out of the last five months of the season. Nobody wants their last image to be of getting carted or carried off the field and have that be it. I know where he is coming from.”

Thanks to Mark Bowman for passing along the quote from Chipper.

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