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Mariano Rivera working hard

Updated: August 11, 2012, 4:56 PM ET
Associated Press

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- Injured New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera said Friday he's "working hard" to return to baseball but will not push the pace if it means risking further injury.

During a visit to Saratoga Race Course, baseball's career saves leader wouldn't put a timetable on his return but said, "I'm not rushing it."

"I want to pitch now," he said. "But that doesn't mean I will come back this year. It's that 1 percent we have to hope. ... But at the same time ...

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