Utility Man: Rivera May Make 1st Outfield Appearance In Houston
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Talk about can’t-miss television.
Mariano Rivera may make a debut on his final weekend before retirement: as a center fielder.
The 43-year-old closer, in his 19th and final big league season, has said he’d like to play the outfield.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi says he’s thinking about allowing Rivera to do it this weekend, when the Yankees finish their season with a three-game series at the Houston Astros.
Says Girardi: “In my mind, thinking that he’s going to want to pitch, it would be a situation that I might bring him in (in) the eighth to play the outfield and close him out in the ninth if we have that opportunity.”
Rivera missed most of the 2012 season after hurting his knee while shagging fly balls during pregame practice at Kansas City.
You May Also Be Interested In These Stories
- Rookie Spotlight: Amari Cooper Looks To Bring Life To Oakland Raiders Passing Game
- Teixeira Homers From Both Sides As Yanks Rout White Sox 13-6
- Wilmer Flores Saves Day, Homers In 12th For 3-1 Mets Victory Over Nationals
- Severino To Make Major League Debut For Yankees Against Red Sox Next Week
(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)