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Mo back, but won't be in All-Star game

Mariano Rivera's right triceps won't keep him off the mound for the Yankees, but it will prevent him from appearing in the All-Star Game.

"I won't be able to give what the team will ask of me," said Rivera, who planned to call American League manager Ron Washington and thank him for the selection. "I don't want to go there and not have my 100 percent. Or my 95 percent. It's never an easy decision because I am proud. But at the same time, you have to be wise."

Rivera, 41, who missed the three previous games, said before Thursday night's game that he feels 90 to 95 percent but expects to monitor the injury for the rest of the season.

"I felt good," said Rivera, who was spotted wearing a heat wrap in the clubhouse before throwing his first bullpen session Thursday afternoon. "Not 100 percent, because it won't be 100 percent, but it felt good. We'll have to keep it treated though, stay on top of it and make sure that everything is OK."

Rivera, who insisted he didn't feel any soreness, said it was the "first day I feel the best." He said he did everything he usually would do during his bullpen session but cautioned that the "real test" begins when he takes the mound.

Rivera had hoped the soreness and inflammation would be a minor issue, but he missed the entire three-game series against Cleveland after blowing a save Sunday against the Mets. "I thought it was only a little thing, a day for sure," said Rivera, who said no further tests are planned."I was a little disappointed when I knew it was worse than one day. But the day went by and the sun came out the next day. So I was able to relax a little bit more."


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