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Rivera says he needs shoulder surgery

Sept. 26, 2008 at 10:17 PM

NEW YORK, Sept. 26 (UPI) -- Longtime New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera says he is considering off-season surgery on his right shoulder.

Before Friday night's contest against Boston, Rivera told reporters he has been pitching with a right-shoulder issue and results of tests taken in New York Thursday revealed shoulder inflammation and calcification.

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He said on the Yankees' Web site that minor surgery is one of two options that could correct the ailment.

The other, a series of continuing cortisone injections, also could alleviate the soreness.

"If I don't get surgery, then I have to deal with what I've been doing for the last two years," Rivera said. "It's a decision that I have to make. I'm the one who is pitching. If the best thing for me is to get the surgery, then I will."

He said surgery would not affect his availability for the 2009 season.

Rivera has compiled 481 saves in 14 major league seasons.

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