Mariano Rivera's career ended with his grand send-off at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. The long-time Yankees closer told reporters he has been dealing with "tremendous soreness" in his arm down the stretch and will not pitch again this season.
“I'm done, guys. I'm done. I gave everything that I have,” said Rivera (MLB.com). “I think Thursday was the game that I left everything on the field ... I don't know how I got those two last outs in the ninth inning. I was giving everything. I left it there."
Rivera, 43, finishes the year with a 2.11 ERA (192 ERA+) in 64 innings. He went 44-for-51 in save chances and threw multiple innings in six of his last ten appearances as the Yankees pushed for a wild-card spot. Rivera went multiple innings just eight times from 2010-12.
“I know [Thursday's send-off] was the perfect moment. It was something I would have never expected,” added Rivera. “I think I squeezed every ounce of fuel out of my tank. It is empty. I have nothing left.”
As for his early retirement plans, Rivera said he will "Rest. Rest. Rest and rest and rest. And more rest."
The Yankees end their season against the Astros in Houston on Sunday.