NEW YORK – The great Mariano Rivera is getting set to close his career.
The New York Yankees’ reliever plans to announce this weekend that he will retire after the 2013 season, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Thursday.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because there was no official statement. A news conference was called for Saturday at the Yankees’ spring training complex in Tampa, Fla.
The 43-year-old closer is baseball’s saves leader with 608 and has a record 42 postseason saves with an 0.70 ERA while helping the Yankees win five World Series championships.
Rivera missed most of last season after he tore a ligament in his right knee while catching fly balls during batting practice. The right-hander was hurt May 3 and had surgery the next month.
Brett Lawrie is off Canada’s roster because of a rib injury, one day before the team’s first game at the World Baseball Classic.
In Scottsdale, Ariz., Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run double off Giants closer Sergio Romo in the ninth inning as Italy beat Mexico 6-5 in the opening game of Pool D.
Ex-TinCap no show
Donavan Tate, the third overall pick in the 2009 draft and who played part of last season with the TinCaps, will not report to minor-league spring training today for personal reasons, Padres vice president of player development Randy Smith said.
Around the majors
St. Louis shortstop Rafael Furcal will undergo ligament replacement surgery in his right elbow and expects to miss the season. The White Sox agreed on a five-year, $32.5 million contract with left-hander Chris Sale.
In Mesa, Ariz., Paul Konerko hit two home runs and Adam Dunn added a two-run shot as the Chicago White Sox beat the Chicago Cubs 8-3.