Joel Sherman of the Post spoke
with Dr. Keith Pyne, who Mariano Rivera is working with closely to rehab from his torn ACL injury.
Though Pyne is careful to temper his remarks with the right amount of caution for fans, he also refused to rule out a return for Rivera in 2012. According to the doctor, Rivera is a unique specimen, among the "top 10 percent" of the over 1,100 athletes he's worked with. The rehab process is going really well. He is also helped by the fact that the injury was not to the leg he lands on and that it was a partial tear and not a full tear.
In the article, Yovani Gallardo is pointed to as an example. He tore his ACL on May 1, 2008 and returned later that year on September 25 to pitch in game 1 of the Division Series. Rivera tore his on May 3 of this year. But, according to Jay Jaffe, that may be the fastest return ever
and, as he and Sherman both point out, Gallardo was 20 years younger than Rivera is.
Via Brew Crew Ball
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