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.