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Wednesday, July 7, 2010
National League won't miss Mo


Joe Girardi just lost his security blanket (for one night, anyway):

Due to inflammation in his right knee and a sore oblique, New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera is going to skip this year's All-Star Game. Rivera said he thought he could continue pitching for the Yankees until the All-Star break, but it would be prudent to take advantage of the four days off, rather than go to Anaheim.

"I've been pitching hurt," Rivera said.

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Rivera, 40, has had the oblique injury for a while, but he said that the knee -- which is the one he uses to push off the rubber -- has been bothering him for a little more than a week. He said he needs to rest, and doesn't expect to have any more two-inning outings in the near future.

Gosh, I wonder what he'd do if he were healthy. Rivera's currently got a 1.08 ERA, the lowest of his career (and the 10th sub-2.00 mark). In his last seven outings, he's pitched nine innings and given up one run, with 11 strikeouts and one walk.

But if he says he needs a rest, he probably needs a rest. Hey, the guy's 40. Even if all he really wants is a mental-health break, who's to say he shouldn't have one?

Craig Calcaterra's right, though: This one might actually make a difference. Won't it be deliciously ironic if the American Leaguers blow a late-inning lead next Tuesday, and then in October the Yankees lose Game 7 on the road?

Yes, that's an unlikely sequence of events. Mostly, I'll just miss the chance to see the Greatest Reliever Ever against the National League's backups next week.