Mariano Rivera’s surgery went perfectly. The baseball star had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right knee. There is not an exact date set of when Riveria will be able play on the team again, but the team’s manager Joe Girardi expects him to be back in the game by 2013.

Girardi told reporters Tuesday afternoon that the surgery was planned, and that he doesn’t expect to see Rivera on the field this year, but he says, Rivers could be ready in time for spring training. The 42 year old baseball star’s contract ends this season but the Yankees have been making reference to his comeback in 2013. Rivera injured his knee on May 3rd while chasing a fly ball at a practice session. The team’s lead said he is sure Rivera is anxiously waiting the day he can play again.

The surgery was performed by the New York Mets team doctor David Altchek. Rafael Soriano has been playing the role of Rivera’s placement on the field. Rivera had 5 saves at the time of his injury. David Robertson was playing Rivera’s spot until he was injured. The team lead expects David Robertson to join the team again on Wednesday.