New York Yankees: Preliminary Report Is Mariano Rivera Has a Torn ACL

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IMay 3, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 23:  Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees throws against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The New York Yankees did not expect a night like this when they arrived in Kansas City on Thursday.

Mariano Rivera's Hall of Fame career might have ended on Thursday night while shagging fly balls in center field during batting practice.

Rivera, who has hinted that this might be his last year, twisted his knee on the warning track and fell to the ground in agonizing pain.

The preliminary report is that Rivera has a torn ACL which would end his season.

Jon Heyman reported,

Girardi tells yankees writers its "as bad as it gets" losing [M]ar[i]ano. Torn acl is initial diagnosis

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) May 4, 2012

Mariano has made a career as miracle worker. But torn acl means the year.

— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) May 4, 2012

Hopefully the Yankees' doctors have a different diagnosis when he gets checked by them.

If this is a torn ACL, it is a huge blow to the Yankees. David Robertson would likely take the reins as the closer if indeed Rivera is out for the year.

New York will cross their fingers as this might be one of the biggest injuries to ever occur for this organization.