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Rivera's ankle sore, but MRI shows no injury

NEW YORK -- The latest test on Mariano Rivera's right ankle
revealed no injury. All he knows is it hurts.

"There was nothing in the X-ray that was of concern," Yankees
manager Joe Torre said after Friday's 10-4 loss to Toronto. "It's a matter of how much pain he can endure. Some days
are better than others. Or put it this way -- some aren't as bad as
others."

Rivera, who leads the majors with 32 saves, had an MRI test
Friday after the Yankees returned from their nine-game road trip.
According to the Yankees, team physician Dr. Stuart Hershon said it
showed irritation, not injury.

Rivera said before the game he was waiting to find out from the
team medical staff.

"I hope nothing's wrong. We'll see," he said.

He wasn't in the mostly empty clubhouse following the loss, the
Yankees' third straight.

The Yankees have been concerned because Rivera pushes off the
rubber with his right leg. Torre hasn't noticed any change in
Rivera's effectiveness.

"It's usually pretty evident by the explosion of his ball,"
the manager said. "We can always tell by the results. If he's not
able to push off properly, his ball's not alive."

Torre said Rivera might be fitted for an orthopedic device that
could alleviate some of the pain. According to the manager, Hershon
said Rivera won't need surgery, not even after the season.

"He thought rest would cure it," Torre said.

The main worry is that the pain might increase to the point
where it changes Rivera's mechanics. The Yankees won't want to
endanger the arm that's helped them win four of the last five World
Series titles.

If the pain becomes too much, Torre said, "then we might have
to think about doing something, like resting him for a period of
time."