Mariano Rivera Surgery

December 2, 2011 by staff 

Mariano Rivera Surgery, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera confirmed he will undergo surgery on his vocal cords Friday. “They have to cut some polyps off the vocal cords,” Rivera said Wednesday night at a Salvation Army banquet, where he received the organization’s Pinnacle of Achievement award. “We decided to do it as soon as possible.”

The operation will be performed at New York’s Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, and will leave the 42-year-old speechless for a time.

“A week without talking,” baseball’s all-time saves leader said, “then another week and I’ll be fine. I don’t like surgery, but the doctor said ‘nothing serious.’”

The Post reported last week that Rivera has been bothered for a month by a condition that has turned his voice into a raspy whisper. He was scheduled to see a doctor for a second opinion earlier this week.

“Every time I talk it gets worse and worse,” Rivera said last week at a charity function at his New York restaurant.

The Yankees have not commented on the future Hall of Famer’s condition, since the issue is not baseball-related.

Rivera, who has one year left on his contract, speculated last week that 2012 could be his final season.

“I have one year left. I might call it over. I will know more in spring training,” he said.

Rivera recorded 44 saves last season for the Yankees and for the eighth time in nine seasons had an ERA under 2.00.

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