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Doctors Reportedly Run Into 'Complications' While Examining Rivera's ACL

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Yankees fans were hoping to hear good news -- if you could call it that -- and perhaps a timetable on Mariano Rivera's expected knee surgery.

The word that came out of the injured closer's examinations Monday won't do much to assuage their worst-case fears.

"We ran into complications," Rivera's agent, Fernando Cuza, told the New York Post. "I am referring to Dr. (Christopher) Ahmad and (Yankees general manager) Brian Cashman for further information."

Rivera was seen Monday by three doctors at two hospitals. He was still expected to have season-ending surgery on his torn right ACL, though Cashman wouldn't elaborate on what the "complications" might have been.

"I won't comment on that right now," he said, according to the Post.

Cashman said Rivera was seen by Dr. Ahmad, the team's physician, at New York Presbyterian Hospital and by Dr. Russell Warren, a knee specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery.

Cuza, said Dr. David Altchek, who performed surgery on the pitcher's shoulder following the 2008 season, also looked at him.

"They're gathering all that information, and we'll go from there," said Cashman, according to

The 42-year-old Rivera tore the ACL and damaged the meniscus in his right knee last Thursday at Kansas City when he stumbled and fell while shagging fly balls during batting practice.

Rivera likely will miss the rest of the season, and has vowed to make a healthy return.

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