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Pedro Feliciano won’t pitch for the Yankees after all

Sep 20, 2012, 3:30 PM EDT

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Shoulder problems have kept Pedro Feliciano from throwing a pitch for the Yankees since signing a two-year, $8 million contract prior to last season, but now an ankle injury will keep him from making a September cameo for New York.

Feliciano had been progressing enough in his recovery from shoulder surgery that the Yankees were talking about giving him a few late-season appearances, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the once incredibly durable left-handed reliever “sprained his ankle covering first base in a rehab outing.”

According to Sherman his fastball was clocked in the mid-80s anyway, so it’s not as if the Yankees were counting on Feliciano to provide any value, but now the 36-year-old will likely have to hit the open market as a free agent without any big-league action to convince teams he’s worth guaranteed money.

  1. randygnyc - Sep 20, 2012 at 3:40 PM

    Well now, this changes everything.

  2. Francisco (FC) - Sep 20, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    I see Minor League contract in your future Pedro…

  3. uyf1950 - Sep 20, 2012 at 3:46 PM

    Color me surprised that the Yankees won’t see him. Not really sure even if he progressed enough in his rehab before the end of the season that the Yankees would have used him anyway. With as tight as the AL East race is how much confidence could a team have inserting someone in a game that hasn’t pitched in nearly 2 years? No much I would think.

  4. dondada10 - Sep 20, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    Anybody else reading rumors about Cano on the internet? Twitter, in particular but it’s showing up on a bunch of the Scout message boards.

    • shaggylocks - Sep 20, 2012 at 4:16 PM

      You rumor tease! Tell us what you know!

  5. proudlycanadian - Sep 20, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    The Yankees can afford to bury their mistakes; however, I am happy that someone took them to the cleaners for $8 million. A nice tidy retirement fund for Feliciano. Hope he does not blow his windfall.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Sep 20, 2012 at 9:02 PM

      taking to the cleaners? Wells? Rios? anyone?? toronto is nothing but a big mistake proudly and who is that guy they got pitching right now? Abe lincoln? Well he pitches as good as Abe would.

  6. number42is1 - Sep 20, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    man oh man i am doing something wrong. This guy got 8 MILLION dollars for working ZERO days. i will not be making that much money if i worked for another 100 years.

  7. randygnyc - Sep 20, 2012 at 5:28 PM

    Yes donado- rumor is cano failed a ped test. The guy who tweeted it has walked back the statement. Sweeny murti has said there is no evidence that this is true.

  8. thatyankeedude - Sep 20, 2012 at 10:14 PM

    Oh ya let’s poop on Cano now! That’s like saying obama wasn’t born in the USA. Oh wait……….

  9. freeagentsignee - Sep 27, 2012 at 8:16 PM

    Get well Pedro!

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