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Rivera Recovering Well After Throat Surgery

Closer Mariano Rivera is recovering as expected from throat surgery, general manager Brian Cashman said on Thursday.

Rivera, 42, had polyps removed from his vocal cords on Friday in New York after having difficulty speaking for more than a month. The procedure should not affect Rivera’s readiness for Spring Training.

“I’ve been told everything is fine,” Cashman said.

Baseball’s all-time saves leader, Rivera said that he would be unable to speak for a week following surgery, and he then would be back to normal after another week.