The greatest closer in baseball history says he wants to pitch again this season, but that he's not pushing to make it happen.

"I'd love to," Mariano Rivera said Saturday. "If you're asking me what my wish is, I'd love to play. I'd love to be playing now.

"But you have to be smart. You have to let time do its thing. I cannot rush it."

The 42-year-old tore his right anterior cruciate ligament shagging flies before the Yankees' game May 3 at Kansas City, and underwent surgery June 12. He is undergoing daily rehab to regain strength and stability in the knee, usually a 4-to-6-month process.