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Mariano Rivera to have throat surgery

Updated: December 1, 2011, 5:37 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Yankees closer Mariano Rivera will have surgery on his vocal cords Friday, but the procedure is not expected to affect his ability to pitch next season, his agent, Fern Cuza, said Thursday.

Rivera, who turned 42 Tuesday, will have polyps on his vocal cords removed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and is not expected to be able to speak for a week. He is expected to be recovered by the end of the month.

"I don't like surgery, but the sooner, the better," ...

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