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Mariano Rivera sets surgery date

Updated: June 6, 2012, 9:57 PM ET
By Kieran Darcy | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Mariano Rivera will have surgery on his injured right knee June 12, the New York Yankees' closer said Wednesday.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. David Altchek, the New York Mets' team physician, and Rivera expects to be ready to pitch again by the start of next season.

"Oh yeah, there's no doubt about that, God willing," Rivera said Wednesday afternoon before the Yankees' game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

The 42-year-old Rivera tore the anterior cruciate ...

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