Mariano Rivera working hard to return after injury



SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Injured New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera says he’s “working hard” to return to baseball.

During a visit to Saratoga Race Course, baseball’s career saves leader wouldn’t put a timetable on his return but says: “I’m not rushing it.”

He added that he’s “trying to do my best.”

The 42-year-old hasn’t pitched since May 3 when he injured his right knee while running after fly balls in batting practice in Kansas City. Last month, he said he’d like to return to the AL East-leading Yankees this season.

On Friday, the third race was named for him and he was to appear in the winner’s circle to address the crowd and present the trophy to the winner. He said he doesn’t bet.