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.
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.