Posted: Saturday July 21, 2012 8:51 PM

Yanks' Rivera not ruling out return this season

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) - Mariano Rivera knows it's not likely, but the New York Yankees closer has not ruled out the possibility of returning this season - just a little over a month after undergoing surgery on his right knee.

Rivera was at the New York Giants' facility Saturday, watching Chelsea Football Club practice in preparation to face Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. He says he wants to be playing, but realizes he can't "rush it and think I can come back too soon.''

The 42-year-old Rivera, baseball's career saves leader, injured his right knee while running after fly balls in batting practice in Kansas City on May 3. A blood clot in his leg delayed surgery until June 12. A full recovery from ACL surgery generally takes six-to-nine months.

 
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