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Rivera excused from Yankees workouts

Rivera excused from workouts

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Mariano Rivera was absent from the Yankees' workout on Thursday for the second straight day with the club's blessing, but general manager Brian Cashman said that his lights-out closer would be at Yankee Stadium on Friday for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Angels.

"It's nothing physical; it was personal reasons, and he will be here [Friday]," Cashman told the New York Post.

Before Wednesday's workout at Yankee Stadium, Rivera threw 25-30 pitches off the mound, then left to attend to a family matter, the Post said.

The 39-year-old right-hander, named Delivery Man of the Year on Wednesday, appeared in all three AL Division Series games against the Twins, working a combined 3 2/3 shutout innings.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Ian Browne contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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