MLB notes: Rivera calling it quits after season

New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera pitches against the Atlanta Braves in Grapefruit...

New York Yankees relief pitcher Mariano Rivera pitches against the Atlanta Braves in Grapefruit League baseball game March 9, 2013 in Tampa, Florida. (REUTERS/Scott Iskowitz)

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New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, who as the career saves leader in Major League Baseball has nothing left to prove, believes he's starting to run low on ammunition.

"I have just a few bullets left," Rivera told reporters Saturday in Tampa, Fla., confirming he would retire after the 2013 season. "I am going to use them well."

Rivera, who tore his right ACL in a game last April and had surgery that forced him to miss the remainder of the season, has previously hinted that this would be his final season but Saturday's press conference with his family and teammates looking on made it official.

"It's not too easy when you come to a decision like this, but I would like to say that it has been an honour and a privilege to wear the pinstripes uniform that I have worn proudly for so many years through good times, great times and times of learning processes," he said. "It has been wonderful."

Rivera made his spring debut Saturday, striking out two in one inning of work.

Rivera, a 12-time all-star and five-time World Series champion, holds the MLB record for most career saves in the regular season, with 608, and the playoffs, with 42.

ORTIZ STILL HURTING

Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz could open the season on the disabled list.

The Red Sox on Saturday sent Ortiz to have an MRI done on his heels in the hopes it would reveal the source of his discomfort. Ortiz, 37, missed all but one game after hurting his Achilles tendon last July and the injury has lingered through the off-season.

"We don't have a date earmarked (for his return)," Red Sox manager John Farrell said on MLB.com. "Our goal is to have David in our lineup for the greatest number of games that we can throughout the course of the year. It's not like April 1 is a drop-dead date for an entire season. We're not going to rush to any decision where we're saying, 'You know what, Opening Day is out.'"

LINCECUM GOOD TO GO

Tim Lincecum is set to rejoin the San Francisco Giants starting rotation after missing two spring starts due to a blister on his right hand.

The former Cy Young winner threw 32 pitches in a simulated game Saturday, the final test before he's allowed to start again. He's expected to go to the mound Tuesday against San Diego.

"I feel like my timing is definitely good, considering the time off that I had," Lincecum said on MLB.com. "I didn't feel like anything was too far off."

DANGEROUS GAME

A golf outing with three teammates left St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Marc Rzepczynski with a freak eye injury that will force him to stay in bed until at least Monday.

Rzepczynski, who was playing with Randy Choate, Seth Maness and Lance Lynn on Friday, attempted to hit his second shot on the second hole at the Admiral's Cove golf course in Jupiter, Fla., when his teammates think a piece of debris flew up and hit him in the left eye.

"At first, he was swiping like he had something that had gone in his eye," Lynn said. "Then I saw some blood above his eye. I don't think it was the ball that hit him. I think it was mulch or an acorn or something like that. I wasn't close enough to see what it was or what happened, but I'm pretty positive that it wasn't the ball."

After a visit to the doctor, Rzepczynski told Choate his eye was "bruised" and his vision was returning. He'll be checked out by doctors again on Monday.

BRIEFLY

Minnesota Twins right-hander Deolis Guerra has a blood clot in his right shoulder, according to manager Terry Ryan. Guerra will need surgery and is expected to miss three months ... Corey Hart of the Milwaukee Brewers can increased his rehab activity after a MRI showed his surgically repaired right knee has healed enough to allow it. Hart, who had surgery in January, is still at least two weeks away from baseball activity ... Boston Red Sox shortstop Stephen Drew is exhibiting concussion symptoms, according to CSNNE.com. Drew, who signed a one-year deal with Boston during the winter, was hit in the head by a pitch from Caleb Thielbar of the Twins on Thursday ... Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis will have an MRI on his neck Monday. Markakis hasn't played since March 1 but manager Buck Showalter said the test is precautionary.


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