But permitting Rivera to be in the outfield with other pitchers was never an issue, Girardi said.
"You have to allow him to be an athlete and be a baseball player and have fun out there," Girardi said. "I've never seen Mo do anything recklessly. I've never seen Mo dive or try to rob a home run, it's one of the ways he exercises. It's really unfortunate."
For most pitchers, the task of "shagging" in the outfield is something of a chore, helping gather up batted balls during batting practice. But Rivera always seemed to enjoy the exercise during his 18-year career, using the opportunity to prove his athletic skills are not limited just to the mound.
"I don't want to have it any other way," said Rivera, who has not been on the disabled list since 2003. "If it's gonna happen like that, at least let it happen doing what I love, you know? And shagging, I love to do. If I had to do it over again, I would do it again. No hesitation. There's reasons why it happens. You have to take it the way it is and fight, fight through it. Now we have to just fight."