DENVER -- Rockies power hitter Jason Giambi was shocked like everyone else Thursday when his former teammate, Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, suffered a season-ending knee injury while shagging fly balls in the outfield during batting practice.
The 2012 season was expected to be Rivera's last, but early indications are the right-hander -- arguably the greatest closer in baseball history -- wants to fight his way back next season.
"When I first heard about the injury, I was really sad, because I know how hard he works," Giambi said. "He means so much to that team.
"But I guess if there is any bright side, it's that he's coming back next year. I know he wouldn't want to go out like that."