Rivera Shut Down, Will Not Pitch in Series

Mexican officials shut down lefthander Oscar Rivera for the remainder of the Caribbean Series after the 24-year-old developed some stiffness in his left lat muscle.

Rivera, who was added to the Mexican roster from Yucatan, led the Mexican Pacific League with a 1.51 ERA and had recently received a non-roster invitation to spring training with the Rockies.

In the terms of the deal, if the Rockies retain Rivera, Colorado would pay $1.3 million to Yucatan for his rights. Rivera did not make an appearance in either one of Mexico’s two games.

“It’s a shame for the kid, but he wants–and we want–what’s best for him,” Mexico pitching coach Stan Kyles said. “He’s got a chance to make a big league club. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime.

“He really wanted to pitch through it because this Series means so much, but what’s on his plate is a very big deal.”

Will have a scout’s view on Rivera later today.