Cashman: No Mo -- no way, no how

August, 13, 2012
8/13/12
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In an interview with ESPN New York's Ian O'Connor, Yankees GM Brian Cashman once again put a sledgehammer to the idea that Mariano Rivera could come back this season.

Rivera threw long toss on Monday.

"Yeah, that means nothing, his arm is healthy but his knee is not going to be healthy enough to come back this year," Cashman said.

O'Connor pointed out that Joe Girardi keeps saying that it is 99.9 percent that Rivera is done for the year -- not 100 percent.

"It’s a mistake to even breathe it, with all due respect," Cashman said. "I know Girardi said it, he’s not coming back. I can't say it any which way but direct. It's just not going to happen. The only way he comes back is if everybody’s willing to see him carted off the field again, because ultimately he would be so vulnerable to re-injuring that ligament that it would be detrimental to bring him back."

OK, story over.
Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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