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Rivera may have vocal cord surgery

Posted on: November 29, 2011 6:16 pm
By Matt Snyder

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera may undergo throat surgery to shave his vocal cords, reports in recent weeks have indicated several times. But since it's a non-baseball injury, Rivera doesn't have to reveal anything to the Yankees or the media, and thus far mum is the word. He supposedly had a doctor's appointment Monday to discuss a possible surgical procedure, but there isn't any further information (

Rivera has been having trouble talking audibly and the problem is getting worse. Watch the below video to hear the raspy state of Rivera's current voice, starting at about the 38-second mark (via

Considering my job description, I know absolutely nothing about vocal cord surgery -- but from a few google searches about the procedure, I'd have to guess he could still be ready to pitch by spring training, assuming nothing went wrong. Instead, this more seems to be a quality-of-life issue, not a baseball-related one.

In related news, Tuesday is Rivera's 42nd birthday.

Many expect 2012 to be the final season in Rivera's illustrious career. The 12-time All-Star and 5-time World Series champion holds the MLB career record with 603 saves.

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Since: Nov 30, 2011
Posted on: November 30, 2011 10:33 am
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Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:44 pm

Rivera may have vocal cord surgery

"thus far mum is the word"

oh my, how original.

Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: November 29, 2011 10:02 pm

Rivera may have vocal cord surgery

Oh, man, there goes his singing career.

Is the offseason this boring that this is really the only news to be reported in baseball right now?

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