Report: Mariano Rivera Will Come Back from Torn ACL

Kenny DeJohnAnalyst IIIMay 4, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30:  Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees pitches against the Baltimore Orioles during their game on April 30, 2012 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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When Mariano Rivera went down on Thursday night in Kansas City with what seemed to be a career-ending injury, the Yankee community went into a state of shock.

With the greatest closer of all time on the shelf for the remainder of the season, the Yankees were getting ready to move abruptly into the post-Rivera era.

Now it seems as if the Yankees will have to make yet another change of plans.

It's time to rejoice, Yankee fans, as Mariano Rivera told reporters on Friday: "I'm coming back. Write it down in big letters. I'm not going out like this" (via MLB twitter).

Rivera will likely be out all of this season, so David Robertson will assume the closer's role in his absence.

Look for the Hall of Fame closer to be ready for spring training 2013, and look for him to be in tip-top shape.

There's no doubting that the journey back will be long and tough, but Rivera seems determined to make it back to the mound.

With determination on his side, Rivera will come back on top from this injury.

Of course, the Yankees will welcome him back with open arms.

They recognize that he is the heart and soul of the current team, and they want nothing more than to see him close the door in the ninth for another season.