Adam Berry here, filling in for Bryan Hoch. For more updates from Yankees camp, check out Yankees.com or follow me on Twitter @adamdberry.
TAMPA, Fla. — Mariano Rivera said Friday morning he had “nothing to say” about the reports that he will announce on Saturday his plans to retire at the end of the 2013 season.
But the Yankees closer reiterated that he’s always planned to address his future at some point and confirmed that he will speak at Saturday’s 10 a.m. press conference at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
“I told you guys that I would talk one day,” Rivera said to a small group of reporters as he walked to the players’ parking lot. “Tomorrow is the day.”
While he wouldn’t comment on Thursday’s reports that he’s planning to retire after this season, Rivera was in good spirits Friday morning as he left a workout at the Yankees’ Spring Training complex.
Yankees captain Derek Jeter also declined to talk about Rivera’s decision until Saturday but joked that perhaps the closer is going to announce a contract extension with the Yankees, though it would break the club’s policy to extend players before their current deal expires.
“You never know. You never know. A lot of things happen,” Rivera said. “Maybe we’ll get an exception.”
Major League Baseball’s all-time saves leader is also scheduled to make his first Grapefruit League appearance Saturday against the Braves, and he said he’s excited to get back on the mound. As far as preparing for the regular season, Rivera added that he’s “right where I want to be.”
Rivera said he wasn’t nervous about Saturday. When asked to clarify whether that meant his spring debut or the announcement he’s expected to make, Rivera responded, “About any part. Any part.”