Matt Gagne at the NY Daily News, had an opportunity to interview Mariano Rivera about the Yankees recent signing of CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett.  Rivera also says that, although painful, the rehab on his shoulder is going well.


CC Sabathia and AJ Burnett will be welcomed to the Bronx by another pitcher who goes by two letters – Mo.  Mariano Rivera is glad to see the change at the front of the Yankees’ rotation.

“I think they’re good acquisitions, I think they can help us out,” Rivera said of Sabathia and Burnett. “With good pitching, we can have a lot of good things. It has been the problem for a few years, so now we have pitching, and hopefully we’ll get it going.

“There’s nothing guaranteed; you still have to go out there and perform, (but) pitching is the name of the game,” added Rivera, who spent yesterday afternoon signing autographs at Last Licks ice cream parlor in Ryebrook. “It’s great to have veterans at the front of the rotation.

“With young kids like (Phil Hughes and Ian Kennedy), a lot of things can happen, and that’s what happened last year. Hopefully they can learn, and when they have a shot again, they take advantage of it.”

Rivera, who turned turned 39 on Nov.29, underwent arthroscopic surgery on his throwing shoulder this offseason but said he’ll be ready for Opening Day.  “Everything is OK, a lot of rehabbing,” he said. “It’s definitely painful, but everything is good.”