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Cashman mum on 'complications' for Mo

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This photo provided by Integrity Sports Broadcasting Network, shows New York Yankees pitcher Mariano Rivera, center, on a cart being taken from the field after an injury prior to a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals, in Kansas City Mo. (May 3, 2012) Credit: AP

Brian Cashman didn't dispute there had been "complications" in the evaluation of Mariano Rivera, but he declined to illuminate the situation any further. He did add that whatever cropped up when the reliever was examined by three doctors Monday won't have an impact on next season.

"It doesn't affect anything about next year," Cashman said. "I'll let Mo talk about that when he's here."

Rivera, seen by Yankees team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad, Dr. Russell Warren, a knee specialist at the Hospital for Special Surgery, and Dr. David Altchek, the Mets medical director who is also at the Hospital for Special Surgery, is expected at the Stadium Wednesday.

Rivera tore the ACL in his right knee Thursday shagging balls during batting practice.

According to one published report Tuesday, Rivera's agent, Fern Cuza, said "complications" arose Monday.

"I have no comment on that," Cashman said. "Any other follow-ups on that should go to Mo when you see him."

No surgery date has been scheduled, not unusual for ACL injuries. Cashman said surgery typically doesn't take place for a week to 10 days after the injury to allow for the inflammation to go down.

Rivera on Friday left open the slight possibility of returning late this season, but Cashman said he's discounted that.

"Based on all the reports I've gotten, it's all about next year," Cashman said.

Gardner, Chavez close

OF Brett Gardner, on the DL since April 18 with a right elbow strain, started in leftfield and went 2-for-3 Tuesday for Triple-A Scranton in Rochester. Joe Girardi said "we'll make an evaluation" after the game on whether the leftfielder could return by Wednesday. "I doubt it, but we'll see how he feels," Girardi said. INF Eric Chavez (concussion) could come off the seven-day DL Thursday. With David Lennon


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