Rivera says Yankees will support Rodriguez

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“We’re hopeful and we’re confident that he’s going to come back healthy but you’ve got to find out,” Girardi said. “There’s no guarantees when they cut you.”

Rivera, the career saves leader, missed most of last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee while tracking down a fly ball during batting practice in Kansas City on May 3. Now 43, he expects to be on his normal spring training routine. He joked about his disdain for exhibition road games in Florida.

“For me it’s a challenge, but I can’t wait to get there,” he said. “I’m going to start sweating and running and doing all that stuff, getting in the outfield. You won’t see the last of me there.”

NOTES: Working out at the Yankees‘ minor league complex in Tampa, Fla., captain Derek Jeter deferred on publicly discussing the charges against Rodriguez. “I don’t comment on anyone until they speak first,” Jeter said. “Let him address his situation before I comment on it. Let him speak first and then we’ll talk about that.” … Girardi has not ruled out moving Brett Gardner to center and Curtis Granderson to left, but says for now he hasn’t decided to make a switch. … Girardi and Cashman said Chris Stewart and Francisco Cervelli are likely to compete for the starting catcher’s job. After missing most of last season because of a back injury, Austin Romine has only an outside chance. … An auction raised money for Carlos Silva, a producer and engineer for Yankees games on WCBS radio since 2006, who is fighting esophageal and stomach cancer.

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