Feliciano leaning toward season-ending surgery
Yankees lefty Pedro Feliciano has been told he has a capsule tear in his left shoulder and is leaning toward having season-ending surgery.
“I want to be here. I’m a guy who wants to pitch every day, like I’ve been doing for the last three or four years,” Feliciano said. “To be shut down for maybe a year, I don’t know how I’m going to handle it. That’s going to be hard.”
Feliciano said that he will see Dr. James Andrews on Monday and should have a final decision on Tuesday. Yankees team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad also floated the idea of rest and rehabilitation, but Feliciano is waiting to hear what Andrews suggests.
“In all likelihood, we’re looking at a significant surgery,” said GM Brian Cashman, who likened the issue to the one Chien-Ming Wang is still trying to come back from.
Feliciano said that the injury was not pre-existing and he does not believe it stems from his heavy workload with the Mets. He said it may have come from lifting weights too much this spring.
“I feel bad for Pedro. This guy is not afraid of New York, he’s not afraid of pitching in this environment,” Cashman said. “He’s not afraid of taking the ball, he’s a warrior and a competitor, and right now he can’t compete because of an injury he sustained with the New York Yankees in Spring Training. He was never hurt with the Mets, but it is what it is.”
More later on MLB.com and Yankees.com.