Rivera, who tore the ACL in his right knee while shagging fly balls in the outfield in Kansas City on May 3, is progressing in his rehab at home and should be ready for spring training, Cashman said. But the GM said Rivera will not be pulling a Willis Reed for the Yankees in a postseason the team hopes will last deep into October.
"No," Cashman said when asked if there was any chance Rivera could pitch again this season.
Rivera stoked Yankees fans' hopes of a late-season comeback twice this summer. In July, he said of returning this year, "Definitely, that's my goal." In August he threw in the Yankee Stadium outfield in front of pitching coach Larry Rothschild.
"He went out there on his own earlier [in August] and caused a ruckus," Cashman said. "We had to smoke him on that: 'What the hell are you doing? Now all these guys think you're coming back.' The doctor -- his doctor, the surgery doctor -- was like, 'Stop! What are you doing?' "
Rivera, 42, will be a free agent at the end of the season. He has said he plans to pitch next year.