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"You have freak injuries, and this is one of them," Girardi said. "We had a guy carrying a box down the stairs that broke his foot. You can fall off a curb. You have to allow him to be an athlete and a baseball player and have fun out there. I’ve never seen Mo do anything recklessly, or seen Mo dive to try to rob a home run. It’s the way he exercises."
Girardi was too far away from the outfield wall to see what happened, but he knew that Rivera had sustained a significant injury when he saw players and coaches gathering around him.
Rivera grabbed immediately at his right knee and started rubbing it, stopping only to briefly cover his face with his glove. Harkey and Girardi eventually carried Rivera to a cart brought onto the field, gently setting him into the back with his knee propped up.
"At first I thought he was being funny, but then I realized that he was injured, he was down, and that’s when I really got worried," said David Phelps, who made his first major league start Thursday night. "There’s nothing I can do but stand there and watch. It’s a miserable feeling."
The cart rounded the warning track before disappearing up a tunnel, and Rivera didn’t put any weight on his knee when he was helped back into the Yankees’ clubhouse.
He was examined by Royals associate physician Dr. Joe Noland, but it wasn’t until the MRI exam was taken at KU MedWest that head physician Dr. Vincent Key made the diagnosis.
"I thought it wasn’t that bad, but it’s torn," Rivera said. "Have to fix it."
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