Mo Eyeing Finish Line 3/8/13
UNDATED - A person familiar with the decision tells the AP that New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera plans to retire after the 2013 season.
The team has announced a news conference for Saturday morning at their training complex in Tampa, but won't say why.
The 43-year-old right-hander is baseball's saves leader with 608. He missed most of last season after he tore a ligament in his right knee while catching fly balls during batting practice.
Elsewhere around spring training:
- St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal (fur-KAHL') will undergo Tommy John surgery on his right elbow next week. The 35-year-old Furcal has been sidelined since reinjuring the elbow he hurt late last season. Furcal and the team had tried rehab rather than reconstructive surgery in the offseason.
- Indians outfielder Michael Brantley is among 11 players to sign one-year contracts with Cleveland. Brantley will start in left field following the team's signing of free agent center fielder Michael Bourn. He resumes workouts Thursday after he was spiked last week during an exhibition game and needed 15 stitches.