ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has posed plenty of problems for the Rays over the course of his career but on Friday after hearing of the torn ACL he suffered in Kasnsas City, Rays Manager Joe Maddon and his players were saddened.
"It's sad, I wish the best for him. He's a really awesome guy, a good friend I wish the best in his recovery, but at the same time we're going to play their team without Mariano... I'm not saying I feel happy about it, but it is what it is," said Rivera's former teammate Jose Molina.
"He's a very special person you know that the moment you meet him, the best closer in the history of the game. You don't want to see him possibly end his career shagging a fly ball in Kansas City, that's a hard one to really comprehend," said Rays Manager Joe Maddon.
Rivera told media in Kansas City Friday that he plans to return to the Yankees after he recovers.