Rivera refreshed by spring training



TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera says he is refreshed by the start of spring training and won’t announce his long-term plans until after the season.

Rivera said on Monday that “after this year we’ll see” about whether he will retire or return in 2013.

The 42-year old right-hander played catch and long toss with Rafael Soriano during the Yankees’ first workout.

When asked if he was as excited as he was in his first big league camp almost 20 years ago, Rivera said: “Believe it.”

Rivera is coming off another stellar year last season in which he went 1-2 with 44 saves and a 1.91 ERA.