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Pedro Feliciano shut down for 10 days, will begin year on DL

Mar 29, 2011, 2:49 PM EDT

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Signed by the Yankees in large part because of his incredible durability after leading the National League in appearances in each of the past three seasons, Pedro Feliciano has been shut down for at least 10 days because of what Wallace Matthews of describes as “soreness in a muscle behind his left shoulder.”

Feliciano will begin the season on the disabled list and manager Joe Girardi indicated to Matthews that the Yankees don’t expect him to be ready for at least three weeks. Once he’s cleared to resume throwing again Feliciano will rehab at extended spring training in Florida.

According to Matthews the two in-house options to replace Feliciano are veteran right-hander Luis Ayala and rookie left-hander Steve Garrison. Neither are particularly appealing options, but Garrison is definitely the lesser of two evils considering Ayala didn’t pitch in the majors at all last season and hasn’t had an ERA below 5.00 since 2007.

  1. phukyouk - Mar 29, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    somewhere the Wilpons are smiling and saying ” HA HA HA the yanks fell for it”

  2. maineyankfan - Mar 30, 2011 at 11:44 AM

    Garrison was impressive in spring camp. He looked like he had a lively fast ball and sinker/slider to me. Yankees need to mature some of the younger pitchers.

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