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Pedro Feliciano is “leaning toward” season-ending surgery

Apr 14, 2011, 4:13 PM EDT

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Today the Yankees announced that Pedro Feliciano has a “torn shoulder capsule” and the left-hander told Marc Carig of the Newark Star Ledger that he’s “leaning toward” undergoing season-ending surgery.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman criticized the Mets for “abusing” Feliciano by using him 408 times in the past five seasons, including league-leading appearance totals in each of the past three years.

However, while that certainly may have led to his breaking down physically Feliciano apparently didn’t join the Yankees as completely damaged goods, as he told Carig that the shoulder injury was suffered during spring training. That won’t make the Yankees feel any better about handing him a two-year, $8 million deal this offseason, but then again if they legitimately felt that Feliciano had been abused by the Mets perhaps signing him to a multi-year contract wasn’t such a sound decision in the first place.

Boone Logan is currently the lone left-hander in the Yankees’ bullpen, but now that Feliciano isn’t coming back any time soon the Yankees will presumably begin shopping around for another southpaw reliever.

  1. BC - Apr 14, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    Why is Cashman so bent if he’s the one who went out and signed the guy? Doesn’t he check up on stats? Cashman is generally not a chipwich but on this point he is.

    • Jonny 5 - Apr 14, 2011 at 4:29 PM

      I don’t know BC, starting pitchers pitch more. How many more innings did Halladay pitch than this guy? I haven’t been buying this “mets destroyed him” theory myself. Maybe, maybe not. I’d bet Cash just felt the guy was a durable relief pitcher.

      • BC - Apr 14, 2011 at 4:51 PM

        Starting pitchers pitch more innings, but they generally get 4 days off afterward, sometimes more. I don’t have time to look it up right now, but I think Feliciano pitched in over 90 games last year. That would give him a single day off between appearances about 40% of the time (save for the All Star break). And he did that in back to back years. Its like what Torre did to Scott Proctor a few years ago.

      • bennyblanco1 - Apr 15, 2011 at 8:59 AM

        BC, starting pitchers also throw alot more pitches. I dont know, but i bet he threw less than 20 pitches plenty of those appearances.

  2. lpaulhoodjr - Apr 14, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    This is like the pot calling the kettle black. Had Girardi used Feliciano that way, I bet Cashman would be defending his manager to the hilt. The Mets should have responded more harshly to him. Appearances don’t tell the whole story–you must consider a number of other factors: how many times he warmed up, how many pitches he threw, past usage, etc. The human body is a strange thing. It often doesn’t give us much warning before there is a need for a major overhaul.

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 14, 2011 at 7:17 PM

      Dude, I watch the Mets, if they are wining, this dude was used and abused, even Keith and Ron
      were talking about him being a work horse.I questioned the fact he never told Charlie Manuel
      that you will make my arm fall off. The Mets were not going anywhere, he should have been shut down.

      • bennyblanco1 - Apr 15, 2011 at 8:55 AM

        Shut down? What are you talking about? Healthy pitchers arent shutdown.

        The guys job is to pitch. He’s a workhouse and thats what workhorses do. Go out and pitch. This injury happned during spring training.

        And Charlie Manuel coaches the Phillies. Thanks for playing.

  3. phukyouk - Apr 14, 2011 at 5:45 PM

    this guy will NEVER throw a pitch for the yankees. you heard it here first.

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 14, 2011 at 7:11 PM

      ok, so what do you get for that , get lost you loser Royals fan, you don’t
      understand a 27 time world champion, it’s called wining, ask Charlie Sheen.

      • Ari Collins - Apr 14, 2011 at 8:18 PM

        I think you meant “whining”.

      • phukyouk - Apr 14, 2011 at 9:58 PM

        sorry. am I the “loser Royals fan”?

    • bigxrob - Apr 14, 2011 at 10:26 PM

      If I’m reading this thread correctly, and I’d like to think that I am, yes phukyouk, you are being accused of being a “loser royals fan”.
      Although considering the source of the information, I’m skeptical at best.

      • phukyouk - Apr 15, 2011 at 10:09 AM

        so the guy who goes by the name phukyouk ( fu*k youkilis) is a Royals fan. cool!

  4. patpatriotrules - Apr 14, 2011 at 6:57 PM

    Hardy Har Har….. :-) couldnt hapen to a better team

    • rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 14, 2011 at 7:07 PM

      they have a better record than your saux………. hehehehehehehheeheheheh

  5. rapmusicmademedoit - Apr 14, 2011 at 7:06 PM

    there is a little New York joke going on here, Aaron screwed it up.

    so Cashman complained to the press about the Mets abusing Feliciano the last few years…….
    the next day Met pitching coach Dan Wearton was asked to respond he said
    ” yeah why do you think we didn’t resign him…… zing !!

  6. patpatriotrules - Apr 14, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Get your laughs in now….because you wont be laughing in october……

  7. allday296 - Apr 15, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    cashman is like most Yankee fans, little cry babies, when you guys have real problems you can start complaining, for now just shut up. arrogant and ignorant best describes most Yankee fans, apologies to the small group of real Yankee fans who actually showed up in the 80’s and early 90’s

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