Rivera to have surgery Friday on vocal chords

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Yankees closer Mariano Rivera says he will have surgery Friday to remove polyps from his vocal chords.

Talking Thursday at a charity event, Rivera said the operation at New York-Presbyterian Hospital will prevent him from speaking from a week.

"I don't like surgery, but the sooner, the better," Rivera said.

Rivera, who turned 42 on Tuesday, had 44 saves this season to increase his career total to a record 603.