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Yankees’ Rivera Says Ankle Hurts

July 20, 2001

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NEW YORK (AP) _ Yankees closer Mariano Rivera’s right ankle is still sore, but the latest test failed to show any injury.

``I don’t think there was anything in there that surprised anybody. It was irritation,″ Yankees manager Joe Torre said before Friday’s game against Toronto.

``Mo has done a good job of enduring the pain _ or the discomfort _ and knowing it’s nothing more than that is reassuring.″

Rivera, who led the majors with 32 saves going into the game, had an MRI test Friday after the Yankees returned from their nine-game road trip. Torre was informed of the results by general manager Brian Cashman.

Rivera was waiting to find out from the team medical staff. He said the ankle still hurts.

``I hope nothing’s wrong. We’ll see,″ he said in the clubhouse before the game.

The Yankees have been concerned because Rivera pushes off the rubber with his right leg. Torre hasn’t noticed any change in Rivera’s effectiveness.

``It’s usually pretty evident by the explosion of his ball,″ the manager said. ``We can always tell by the results. If he’s not able to push off properly, his ball’s not alive.″

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