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SEATTLE – Pedro Feliciano’s two-year contract with the Yankees could end without the left-hander having thrown a regular-season pitch for the club.
The Yankees announced that Feliciano had left rotator cuff surgery on Sept. 8, following an unsuccessful attempt to rehab a torn capsule.
The procedure will threaten his 2012 season as well, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi has raised the possibility that such a serious injury at this late stage could actually end Feliciano’s career.
Feliciano, 35, signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Yankees over the winter, crossing boroughs from the Mets.
He led the Major Leagues in relief outings in each of the last three seasons, setting a record with 266 total appearances over the three-year stretch.
- LHP Steve Garrison has cleared waivers and was outrighted to Double-A Trenton. He was designated for assignment on Sunday to create room on the 40-man roster for catcher Austin Romine.
It’d be a stretch to say the Yankees are counting on either of these long-gone lefties, but this does represent progress (well, at least until you see Damaso Marte’s line).
This just in from the Yankees:
Pedro Feliciano (left rotator cuff strain) and Damaso Marte (left shoulder labrum inflammation) each began a rehab assignment today with the GCL Yankees in Tampa vs. the GCL Tigers. Pitching lines are below:
Feliciano: 1.0IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 13 pitches
Marte: 0.2IP, 6H, 6ER, 0BB, 0K, 22 pitches
This from the Yankees:
“LHP Pedro Feliciano was seen today by Dr. James Andrews in Pensacola, Fla. Dr. Andrews recommended a conservative treatment program for the next six weeks. Feliciano will begin a shoulder strengthening program immediately, and is expected to remain with the team during the rehabilitation process.”
Feliciano said last week that he was leaning toward having season-ending surgery, and the Yankees expected Andrews to concur with that assessment.
The fact that Andrews didn’t recommend surgery immediately is a good sign for Feliciano and the Yankees, but they still have to proceed as though they won’t get him back this year. With Feliciano out, Boone Logan remains the lone left-hander in New York’s bullpen.
Meanwhile, the Yankees have two more expensive lefties (Feliciano, two years at $8 million; and Damaso Marte, one more year at $4 million plus a $250,000 buyout for 2012) inactive and on the payroll. Then again, you might make the case that Marte already earned his money just by getting big outs in the 2009 postseason.
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.
Yankees left-hander Pedro Feliciano could be headed for surgery to repair damage in his pitching shoulder.
Manager Joe Girardi said after Wednesday’s game that a MRI taken on Feliciano “did not come back good” and called the pitcher’s shoulder “damaged,” though he declined to elaborate on the actual severity or specifics about the injury.
“In fairness to the player, he needs to talk about it with our doctor and the agents and decide what the next course of action is,” Girardi said.
Feliciano signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Yankees to serve as a left-handed specialist, but he has yet to appear in a regular season game for the team. Feliciano was shut down due to injury after making a March 9 appearance and has not returned to the mound.
“He was throwing the ball in Spring Training and didn’t have any problems,” Girardi said. “Then after the one day he had a problem. I can’t tell you exactly when it happened, in a sense. He’s had some shoulder problems in the past.”