TAMPA, Fla. (AP) —TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has taken another step toward pitching in his first spring training game this year.
Rivera threw 35 pitches during his first batting practice session Wednesday. He didn’t rule out pitching on Sunday, while manager Joe Girardi said Sunday or next Wednesday would likely be the right-hander’s debut.READ MORE: New York State To Adopt New CDC Guidelines For Vaccinated People Starting This Wednesday, Cuomo Says
“It was good, very good,” Rivera said. “I threw my pitches. Tried to hit my spots.”
The 41-year-old has taken a slower approach recent years. He faced Ronnie Belliard, who has missed the past week with a calf injury, Justin Maxwell and Bradley Suttle in the BP session.READ MORE: New Jersey, For Now, Says No To New CDC Mask Guidelines; Gov. Murphy: School In-Person Learning To Return In Fall
Rivera was 3-3 with a 1.80 ERA and 33 saves in 38 chances last season. The 11-time All-Star has 559 regular-season saves, second to Trevor Hoffman’s 601, and a record 42 in the postseason.
Jesus Montero, bidding for the backup catcher spot behind Russell Martin, caught Rivera.
Rivera agreed to a $30 million, two-year contract in December.MORE NEWS: Tribeca Film Festival Opens June 9, Will Close In Front Of Full-Capacity Crowd At Radio City Music Hall, Gov. Cuomo Says
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