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Rivera has polyps removed; full recovery expected

Mariano Rivera arrives in Midtown Manhattan to receive

Mariano Rivera arrives in Midtown Manhattan to receive an achievement award from the Salvation Army at its 64th Annual Luncheon. (Dec. 1, 2011) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

For nearly two decades on the mound, Mariano Rivera has let his actions speak louder than his words. For the next week, he won't have a choice.

Rivera had polyps removed from his vocal cords Friday morning at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and is expected to make a full recovery. Rivera said Thursday that recovery should take two weeks, including not speaking for the first week.

Earlier this week he said the polyps would be sent to a lab and didn't seem overly concerned with the procedure.

"The doctor, she said it doesn't look serious," Rivera said. "But, again, you have to take it to the lab to find out."

Rivera's age matched his uniform number on Tuesday, when the long-time stopper turned 42. He finished the 2011 season with a 1.91 ERA and 44 saves.

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