Mariano Rivera to undergo surgery June 12

Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger—New York—June 6, 2012

Mariano Rivera will undergo surgery to repair his torn anterior cruciate ligament on Tuesday, June 12.

Rivera injured his right knee May 3 while shagging fly balls in the outfield before a game in Kansas City against the Royals. The all-time saves leader had not had the surgery up until now because of a blood clot in his right calf. The blood clot has cleared up, Rivera said, so he can now have the surgery, which will be performed at Hospital for Special Surgery by David Altchek, the Mets' team doctor.

Rivera said the blood clog cleared up last week -- Tuesday or Thursday - and he was given the green light to schedule the surgery. He said if he didn't suffer the blood clog he would've already had the surgery but it allowed him to strengthen the knee for the surgery.

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