Pedro Feliciano’s 2012 Season, Career In Question

Pedro Feliciano underwent surgery on his left rotator cuff last week, a procedure that will threaten the southpaw's 2012 season, reports MLB.com's Bryan Hoch and Taylor Soper.  Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he "would be surprised if [Feliciano] pitched next year" and also noted that it would be difficult for Feliciano to recover from such an operation at age 35.

Feliciano has missed the entire season after suffering a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder in April.  He passed on surgery following the advice of Dr. James Andrews, though a summer of rehab assignments failed to get Feliciano's arm back in shape.  Feliciano threw just one professional inning in 2011, for the Yankees' Rookie League team — obviously not what New York expected when it signed Feliciano to a two-year, $8MM contract in December.  The team holds a $4.5MM option on Feliciano for 2013 that seems like a lock to be declined, so Feliciano will likely never pitch for the Bronx Bombers.

Back in April, Brian Cashman said the Mets "abused" Feliciano, as the left-hander led the NL in appearances in each of the previous three seasons.  Despite these concerns, the Yankees found no issue in Feliciano's medicals and Feliciano himself said he enjoyed pitching on a regular basis.


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23 Comments on "Pedro Feliciano’s 2012 Season, Career In Question"


Lastings
3 years 11 months ago

Damn you Warthen!

tacko
3 years 11 months ago

Let’s sign a LOOGY to a multi-year contract and blame the guys across town if it backfires on us.

3 years 11 months ago

It’s still funny to me that Cashman blamed the Mets. No one had a gun to his head when he signed the guy, and the Yankees found no issues with his medical exam when they conducted a physical. A team can use a pitcher in 162 games. That’s their problem. It’s your problem when you sign damaged goods the next year to a 2 year contract.

apgreco
3 years 11 months ago

Let me guess….a Met fan?  Are you still paying Bobby Bonilla?

3 years 11 months ago

can you say: BRIT BURNS? look up that name on the mlb website, the yankees don’t ever want to remember that name.

Blue387
3 years 11 months ago

I don’t think he will ever pitch in the majors again.

fxx3605
3 years 11 months ago

well that was a fail. o well decline and its done with

thevauntedchris
3 years 11 months ago

It’s done with in 2 years, not next year…Cashman usually smarter than this lately.

3 years 11 months ago

Lol, at least they can afford it. So glad he declined arbitration. soooo freaking glad.

NYPOTENCE
3 years 11 months ago

Lucky yanks can absorb that type of blow and just keep trucking. Under normal circumstances this injury would severely strain a teams’finances.

andrewyf
3 years 11 months ago

Under normal circumstances pretty much every team in the major leagues has blown $4M somewhere on their roster and not constrained their finances.

NYPOTENCE
3 years 11 months ago

True, however, it is straining other teams finances when they do have a limit on how much they can spend. Let’s say Team A has 15 million coming off the books, they sign the reliever for 2yrs/8m. They now have 11m left and they still have to fill up the roster spot. This is annoying but insignificant for the Yankee payroll

East Coast Bias
3 years 11 months ago

I get your point, but it isn’t a good one.

Let’s say they have 35m to spend, and now they have 31m… not a big deal. Get over it.

NYPOTENCE
3 years 11 months ago

Just saying you could use all the money you can get.

Just_Da_damaja
3 years 11 months ago

u must be used to listening to met fans complain about Kelvin Escobar’s 1 million dollar salary…

Chauncey Scott
3 years 11 months ago

Why don’t they send him to Colon’s doctor?

3 years 11 months ago

That’s what you get for signing with the Evil Empire.

East Coast Bias
3 years 11 months ago

Should have just kept Ace.

chicothekid
3 years 11 months ago

As a die hard Mets fan, I’m sorry this has happened to Pedro.  He did great for us while he was with us and I wish HIM only the best.  But the Junkees can suck it!

apgreco
3 years 11 months ago

The Yankees will be playing baseball in October.  The Mets will be making tee times.

apgreco
3 years 11 months ago

The Yankees will be playing baseball in October.  The Mets will be making tee times.

Matt Smallwood
3 years 11 months ago

I think the Mets overusing him is a weak argument on Cashman’s part.  Has musculature changed that much in the last 40 years that pitchers can’t go 200+ innings every year and not be gimped up at the end of their career? Successful starters in the 70’s did it all the time. Now, a pitcher has poor mechanics and injures his cuff, that seems like a more likely argument.

3 years 11 months ago

I agree. Its usually not overwork. Im a Cubs fan and I watched as Kerry Wood and Mark Prior struggled with injuries and everybody liked to blame Dusty Baker for overworking them. But if you could look at their mechanics you can see they were not especially good, especially Priors which almost certainly is what ruined his career. Even Tom Seaver questioned Priors mechanics.