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Forgotten reliever Pedro Feliciano likely to be September call-up for Yankees

Aug 20, 2012, 1:50 PM EDT

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Pedro Feliciano hasn’t pitched for the Yankees since signing a two-year, $8 million deal in January of 2011, spending nearly two entire seasons on the disabled list with a shoulder injury that required surgery.

However, he’s finally seeing some game action in the minors and manager Joe Girardi indicated yesterday that the Yankees are planning to add him to their bullpen once rosters expand on September 1.

“I think that’s why he’s going through what he’s going through,” Girardi told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. “If we didn’t think he could help us, we wouldn’t put him through this.”

Before the injury Feliciano was the most-used reliever in baseball, leading the league in appearances for three straight seasons, and once he got hurt Yankees general manager Brian Cashman opined that he’d been “abused” by the Mets.

There’s zero chance of the Yankees exercising their $4.5 million team option on Feliciano for next season, but they might feel a little better about the whole thing if he can at least get some outs in September.

  1. gaykegayden - Aug 20, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    Roger Clemens has signed with the independent league Sugar Land Skeeters and is pitching Saturday

  2. deathmonkey41 - Aug 20, 2012 at 2:12 PM

    It can’t hurt. Hopefully he’s back to what he was before the surgery because I’m not a big believer in Clay Rapada.

  3. thebigcaptain2011 - Aug 20, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    While we’re at it, I heard Curt Schilling’s business just filed for bankruptcy….

  4. proudlycanadian - Aug 20, 2012 at 2:43 PM

    So Feliciano will light the Yankees fire.

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