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Mariano Rivera Injury: Yankees Closer Carted Off After Hurting Knee Before Game vs. Royals (VIDEO)

By DAVE SKRETTA 05/03/12 11:45 PM ET AP

Mariano Rivera
Mariano Rivera #42 of the New York Yankees throws against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on April 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi says closer Mariano Rivera has a torn right knee ligament, an injury that could potentially end his career.

The 42-year-old right-hander was carted off the field after twisting his right knee shagging flyballs during batting practice Thursday night before the Yankees played the Kansas City Royals.

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