Yankees reliever Mariano Rivera, who was picked by Manager Joe Torre for the All-Star Game, yesterday took himself off the team for undisclosed personal reasons.
Torre said Cleveland RHP Charles Nagy would take Rivera's place on the AL roster.
During a news conference in the visitors' clubhouse at Tiger Stadium, Rivera said he had planned for some time to fly home to Panama to tend to personal business. He declined to elaborate, but said it didn't involve his family.
"It's an honor for me to be taken on the all-star team," said Rivera, who is fourth in the AL with 24 saves. "But, I've got to take care of this problem."
INJURIES: Mets reliever John Franco will miss at least three weeks with a partially torn tendon on the middle finger of his left hand. . . .
Reds reliever Mark Wohlers underwent surgery yesterday to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow. He'll be out of action at least nine months, the team said. . . .
Rangers LHP Eric Gunderson will undergo surgery on his pitching shoulder, the team said. Gunderson was placed on the disabled list May 8 with a small tear in his left shoulder. He had a 7.20 earned run average in 11 games.