Yankees closer Mariano Rivera said he’s decided on whether this will be his final season and plans to announce it before Opening Day.
‘‘I will tell you guys when I think it’s the right moment,’’ Rivera said Wednesday after the Yankees’ first spring training workout for pitchers and catchers in Tampa.
Baseball’s career saves leader had surgery June 12 to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, an injury that occurred while he was shagging fly balls during batting practice in Kansas City May 3.
The 43-year-old righthander expects to be ready for the regular season. He threw 25 pitches off a bullpen mound and said it felt good. ‘‘It was wonderful to be out there again,’’ Rivera said.
Yankees lefthander Andy Pettitte has decided not to pitch in the World Baseball Classic after talking with team officials.
The Yankees added some bullpen depth, acquiring righthander Shawn Kelley from the Mariners for minor league outfielder Abraham Almonte.
Cervelli admits contact
Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli said he consulted with Biogenesis of America LLC after a foot injury, but did not receive any treatment from the facility. “I just went there, talked, and that’s it,’’ Cervelli said. The Miami New Times reported last month that Cervelli’s teammate, Alex Rodriguez, bought human growth hormone and other performance-enhancing substances in recent years from Biogenesis, a now-closed clinic in Coral Cables. Major League Baseball is investigating the possible link between players and Biogenesis . . . Every University of Miami baseball player underwent testing recently for performance-enhancing drugs, including HGH, a person with knowledge of the situation said. The perennially strong program has been linked to MLB’s latest drug mess . . . A lawyer for Barry Bonds urged a federal appeals court in San Francisco to toss out the slugger’s obstruction of justice conviction, saying a rambling answer he gave while testifying before a grand jury was not a crime. Appellate specialist Dennis Riordan argued that Bonds was not formally or specifically charged with the felony that he was convicted of committing. A federal jury in April 2011 found baseball’s all-time home runs leader guilty of obstruction for saying he was a ‘‘celebrity child’’ when asked about injecting steroids.
Matsuzaka gets started
Former Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka, speaking at Indians camp in Goodyear, Ariz., said he has been promised nothing by the team, and said he chose Cleveland because he wanted to pitch against Boston. Matsuzaka threw 35 pitches Wednesday . . . The Pirates signed veteran utilityman Brandon Inge . . . Fighting back tears while his hands trembled, Felix Hernandez officially signed a seven-year, $175 million contract with the Mariners that makes him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball . . . Nineteen-game winner Johnny Cueto said he’s had no lingering problems from the pulled muscles in his right side that knocked him out of the Reds’ playoff opener last season in San Francisco after eight pitches . . . Cardinals pitcher Lance Lynn arrived at the team’s camp in Jupiter, Fla., 40 pounds lighter than he was four months ago.