Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rivera's Injury Draws Attention

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Rivera's Injury Draws Attention

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The Pirates weren't immune to the news that reverberated around baseball that New York Yankees star closer Mariano Rivera, 42, might be done after tearing his anterior cruciate knee ligament.

Before their game Friday night against Cincinnati at PNC Park, Pirates second baseman Neil Walker called Rivera "a first-ballot Hall of Famer."

One thing manager Clint Hurdle doesn't expect is a reactionary move due to the fact that Rivera was shagging fly balls when he got hurt.

"He's doing something he's probably done 453,000 times in his career -- run after a fly ball," Hurdle said. "I don't think we're going to, as an industry, say pitchers aren't going to shag anymore. This guy's in great condition. He's a good athlete. Sometimes, freak injuries happen."

The only point of caution Hurdle foresees is keeping reins on the more adventurous pitchers -- he mentioned Joel Hanrahan -- when they're running around in the outfield.

"They don't need to go up on the wall and rob guys of homers," Hurdle said.

He also thought some pitchers around the major leagues might use the injury as an excuse to get out of shagging.

"There might be some guys knocking on managers' offices saying, 'Hey, look, we've got to stop,' " Hurdle said. "My comment would be, 'Start pitching like Mariano, we'll shut you down and send you in early.' "

Team makes bullying video

Stepping away from what happens between the chalk lines, the Pirates unveiled a video before the game Friday aimed at reducing bullying.

Made in conjunction with the It Gets Better Project and coming on the heels of the movie, "Bully," the video features manager Hurdle and pitchers Hanrahan and Jeff Karstens.

"Being a teenager is tough," Karstens says.

"Talk to someone who can help," Hanrahan urges.

"There's no place in society for hatred and bullying against anyone," Hurdle says.

The Pirates invited a group of youths and their families from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to watch batting practice, meet Hurdle and watch the video's debut. …

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