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Pedro Feliciano shut down indefinitely with irregular heartbeat

Feb 23, 2013, 9:57 AM EDT

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Pedro Feliciano recently returned to New York for additional testing after his initial physical was flagged, but it had nothing to do with his recent shoulder woes.

According to Marc Carig of New York Newsday, Feliciano will be shut down indefinitely after doctors found an irregular heartbeat. The 36-year-old left-hander told Adam Rubin of ESPN New York that he has a small “hole” in the exterior of his heart, but the issue isn’t considered life-threatening and surgery hasn’t been discussed as an option. Still, he will be fitted for a heart monitor for the time being.

After failing to make an appearance during his two-year, $8 million deal with the Yankees, Feliciano returned to the Mets this winter on a minor league deal. He was hoping to compete for a bullpen spot this spring.

  1. chill1184 - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Get better Pedro

    • historiophiliac - Feb 23, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      It’s hard to tell from that if this is something you get better from or not. It doesn’t sound good. Wish him “recovery” though.

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      here we go again……. Santana now Feliciano…….how come only the Mets go thru this injury shit, they have the worst Medical staff in the history of Medical staffs.
      this shit has been going on too long.
      this team is blight and his name is Wilpons.
      please sell the team, this is nyc not Montana.
      get a real owner in here with money.
      I feel bas for Met fans.
      ridiculous with these owners, the blights!

      • tuberippin - Feb 23, 2013 at 8:17 PM

        I don’t see how you can blame the Mets’ medical staff for Pedro Feliciano’s heart issues, considering:

        A) Pedro Feliciano was a Yankee for the past two seasons, and
        B) It’s not a ligament or tendon injury, it’s a fucking hole in his heart. I don’t know a whole lot regarding the types of medical examinations routinely undergone by baseball players, but I’m willing to bet that there is usually not a “check if there are literal holes in the man’s heart” test.

  2. kevbarnett - Feb 23, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Is anyone else realizing the sudden rise in irregular heartbeat stories with athletes? I feel like every month there is a new story of a athlete with this condition.

    • tuberippin - Feb 23, 2013 at 8:23 PM

      It’s a pretty common occurrence to have an irregular heartbeat, but I agree. Could be any number of things really:

      – Too much caffeine can cause it
      – Drinking too much alcohol can cause it
      – High stress situations can trigger miscues in the heart’s electrical impulses
      – Doing drugs (PEDs or recreational) can heighten the odds of it occurring
      – Medications can trigger it
      – Herbal remedies can trigger it, depending on what the herbs are
      – Athletic and/or dietary supplements can set off an irregular heartbeat too
      – An electrical shock can also disrupt the signals
      – Hyperthyroidism can be a contributing factor as well

      It seems to be happening to several relievers though, so I imagine it’s a combination of high-stress situations, athletic/dietary supplements and/or medications, and likely caffeine and possibly alcohol as well, depending on the amounts (ex: Kenley Jansen cut down on his caffeine intake after his initial heart issues).

  3. jwbiii - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:34 PM

    A few days ago, Carig tweeted this

    Jose Valverde is on the Mets’ radar. But a source says it’s only if there’s an injury in camp and a need arises, not an active pursuit.— Marc Carig (@MarcCarig) February 17, 2013

    Does this mean the Mets are will sign Valverde?

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 23, 2013 at 12:42 PM

      he will probably injure himself signing the contract.

      • historiophiliac - Feb 23, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        The Mets could not be so lucky.

  4. yankeepunk3000 - Feb 23, 2013 at 6:29 PM

    my best friend and my father has this too…it is not life threatening now but it can affect you as you get older now my father in his 70s has to be carefull. but he is doing fine with it. At times it affects your performance and makes it hard to do sonr excersise but with the right medicine you can he fine. Hope he can come back to pitch again soon.

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