Yankees Rivera throws first bullpen session

Yankees Rivera throws first bullpen session

      TAMPA, Fla. (AP) – Yankees closer Mariano Rivera threw 30
pitches in his first bullpen session at spring training this year.
      Yankees bullpen coach Mike Harkey stood in the batter's box for
part of the session Wednesday. Afterward he joked that Rivera will
now “take another two months off.”
      In recent years, the 41-year-old Rivera has taken a slower
approach to preparing for the season.
      Rivera also played catch in the outfield and made six warmup
throws on the mound.
      Rivera was pleased with the session, saying “it was
excellent.” He plans to throw again Friday or Saturday. After a
few more side sessions, Rivera will likely throw batting practice
twice before pitching about eight innings in spring training games.
      
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