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Cashman: Rivera's doing great

Yankee pitching great Mariano Rivera arrives in Midtown

Yankee pitching great Mariano Rivera arrives in Midtown Manhattan to receive an achievement award from the Salvation Army. (Dec. 1, 2011) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

DALLAS -- Mariano Rivera is in the clear.

"I've been told everything's fine," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday morning.

Rivera had polyps removed from his vocal cords last Friday at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. The polyps then were sent to a lab to be examined.

Speaking at a Salvation Army charity event the day before the surgery, Rivera said he had "no worries," but he did acknowledge some apprehension with the fear of the unknown.

"I was worried about what kind . . . if it's benign or I don't know," said Rivera, whose voice turned raspy a little more than a month earlier. "I'm positive. We have to send it to the lab, and hopefully it's a good thing.''

Wednesday night on MLB Network, Cashman said Rivera's situation "won't affect him" for spring training.

"He's doing OK," Cashman said. "He's doing great."

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