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After three years, Pedro Feliciano returns to majors

Aug 2, 2013, 6:40 PM EDT

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Pedro Feliciano had his contract purchased by the Mets on Friday and is back in the majors for the first time since 2010.

After making a whopping 92 appearances with the Mets in 2010, Feliciano signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Yankees over that winter. He went down the next spring with what was originally called triceps soreness and then missed two years after shoulder surgery. He returned to the Mets on a minor league deal this spring, only to be set back by a heart condition. As if that wasn’t enough, after debuting in the minors in April, he was stricken by a case of severe food poisoning that cost him over a month.

Feliciano, who turns 37 later this month, ended up posting a 1.29 ERA and a 19/4 K/BB ratio in 21 innings in the minors. His velocity isn’t what it used to be, but he might still be capable of finessing his way through some left-handed hitters. Regardless, it’s a nice story that he’s getting another shot. He was a horse for the Mets in the second half of the last decade. From 2007 through 2010, he averaged 86 appearances per year.

To put that in perspective, since 2007, only two other pitchers have made 86 appearances in a season: Jon Rauch (88 in 2007) and Peter Moylan (86 in 2009). Last year, the major league leaders had 80 appearances.

  1. pisano - Aug 2, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    This guy is jinxed, the poor bast*rd.

  2. tuberippin - Aug 2, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    “To put that in perspective, since 2007, only two other pitchers have made 86 appearances in a season: Jon Rauch (88 in 2007) and Peter Moylan (86 in 2009). Last year, the major league leaders had 80 appearances.”

    I guess it’s a good thing Jon Rauch sucks too much to get consistent work anymore, because Feliciano and Moylan both had their arms give out on them shortly after such workloads. Hope Feliciano can get some outs in the majors, and I’m glad it’s with the Mets even though I’m a Phillies fan. Seems like a fitting circle of events.

  3. Gamera the Brave - Aug 2, 2013 at 11:51 PM

    Chico, don’t be discouraged,
    The Man, he ain’t so hard to understand…

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