Rivera to retire after this season
JUPITER - The great Mariano Rivera is getting set to close his career. The Yankees reliever plans to announce Saturday that he will retire after the 2013 season, The Associated Press reported Thursday. A news conference was called for Saturday at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa. The 43-year-old closer is baseball's saves leader with 608. He is regarded as one of the best clutch pitchers in history, posting a record 42 postseason saves with a 0.70 ERA while helping the Yankees win five World Series championships."Greatest closer of all time. No question in my mind," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "I've had the thrill of catching him. I was there when he really burst onto the scene as a dominant setup man, and then to see what he did as a closer has been a thrill for me." "It's really hard to imagine that anyone could do the job he did," he said. "At times it seemed like it wasn't fair. That's how good Mo was. He was so dominant." 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. Cardinals' Furcal to miss 2013 season St. Louis shortstop Rafael Furcal will have ligament replacement surgery in his right elbow and expects to miss the 2013 season. Furcal made the decision after visiting James Andrews' clinic in Pensacola on Wednesday. "It's very disappointing," Furcal said. "I worked so hard in the offseason to get everything straight, working hard with the doctors the training team, we did anything we could do to get ready for spring training, ready for the season." Furcal strained the elbow ligament near the end of last season, keeping him out of the final few weeks and the Cardinals' playoff run. There was a concern then that he'd have to have offseason Tommy John surgery, but Furcal chose to try rehab instead. BREWERS: Even general manager Doug Melvin can't escape the injury bug that has stung his club this spring. Melvin spent three hours in a Phoenix emergency room Wednesday night after he was stung by an Arizona bark scorpion inside his spring training condominium. Melvin said he was eating dinner with his wife when they saw a bug walking across the floor. He reached down with a tissue to pick up what he thought was a spider and was stung on his left middle finger. He said his hand started swelling almost immediately and he headed for a hospital. "I got nervous when all of the numbness started getting up in the shoulder area," Melvin said. "You think, 'Can this thing go to your heart?' They said you can lose your breathing; your vision can be a problem. None of that happened to me." Melvin was back at the team complex Thursday. CANADA: 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. The Blue Jays third baseman felt discomfort in his left side during a game against Cincinnati on Wednesday and came out of the game. PADRES: Donavan Tate's athletic career has taken another pit stop. The San Diego outfielder, taken No. 3 overall in 2009, will not report to minor-league spring training today for "personal reasons." That's as much as Padres vice president of player development Randy Smith would divulge. Smith did not give a timetable for when Tate would arrive. "There's Donavan the ball player and Donavan the person," Smith said. "He needs to work on one before he can work on the other." TWINS: Aaron Hicks made a strong case that he should be the Twins' starting center fielder. He homered three times and helped the Twins to a 10-6 victory vs. the Phillies on a windy Thursday in Clearwater. He has five home runs in his last three games. "Wow, what do you say? Play the elements," Twins manager Rod Gardenhire said. "Wind's blowing out, and he hit 'em out where the wind's blowing. Pretty fun day. You don't see that too many times." WHITE SOX: The team agreed on a five-year, $32.5 million contract with left-handed starter Chris Sale.