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Feliciano likely out for season with shoulder injury

Feliciano’s first pitch for the Yankees is now not likely to occur anytime this year after an MRI revealed a torn capsule in the left shoulder.

Roughly 2,800 pitches were delivered from Pedro Feliciano’s left hand over the past three seasons with the Mets and that is not counting warm-up tosses, spring training or side work.

Feliciano’s first pitch for the Yankees is now not likely to occur anytime this year after an MRI revealed a torn capsule in the left shoulder, which is a different injury from his left rotator cuff strain that was discovered early in spring training.

“It’s really disappointing,” Feliciano said. “I love to pitch and I want to be a guy that pitches every day like I’ve been doing for the past three or four years. Now to be shut down for maybe a year, I don’t know how I’m going to handle it – it’s going to be hard.”

What won’t be hard is the outcome of his consultation with Dr. James Andrews Monday turns into a recommendation for surgery. Feliciano said that if the famed doctor suggests it, he will likely take that option in the hopes of being ready for next spring training.

Feliciano first experienced problems March 9 in spring training but initially thought he would to be back in time for the “Subway Series” to refute Met pitching Coach Dan Warthern’s claims that he was not retained because of the high amount of appearances.

“I kept pitching because I thought it was going to go away," Feliciano said. "My first three outings were fine. I came into spring training ready to go and 100 percent."

The Yankees said they were not surprised when they signed him despite 266 appearances in three years. They gave him an MRI and it showed no damage, but yesterday’s news gave GM a forum to clarify his comments about the Mets abusing Feliciano.

“I did answer the question on the Mets stuff and I’m not throwing hand grenades, not purposely,” Cashman said. “If there was anything inappropriate, it was my honesty and I feel bad for Pedro. This guy is not afraid of New York and he’s not afraid of pitching in New York and he’s not afraid of taking the ball. He’s a warrior and competitor and right now he can’t compete because of an injury he sustained with the Yankees.”

Abuse or not, the Yankees will use one lefty in the bullpen for the time being and that will be Boone Logan. Logan pitched well late last season after developing an effective slider but has struggled in the early going.

"The bullpen is what it is,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We believe we have right-handers that are capable of getting lefties out. Boone Logan stepped up for us last year. He's going to have to do it again.”

 
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