Mariano Rivera is finally ready to take the next step in his recovery from the torn ACL he suffered in his right knee over a month ago, with surgery planned for Tuesday at Hospital for Special Surgery.

After Rivera landing awkwardly while shagging fly balls during batting practice in Kansas City before a game May 3, doctors found a blood clot which ended up delaying the surgery, but the 42-year-old remains confident he will be ready by next season.

"No doubt about that, God-willing," Rivera said during a visit to Yankee Stadium before the Yankees beat the Rays, 4-1, last night.