Pedro Feliciano, still suffering from soreness in a muscle behind his left shoulder, will not pick up a baseball for the next 10 days in the hope that rest will cure what so far, the Yankees have been unable to.
“It’s not healing as quick as we would like,” said Joe Girardi, who said that realistically, Feliciano will not pitch for a minimum of three weeks and probably longer. Feliciano will travel to New York with the team to continue his rehab, then return to Tampa when he is ready to resume throwing.
In an earlier post today about the Yankees looking outside of the organization for Feliciano’s replacement the first thing I said was that it could be a sign that the injury is worse than they have let on. This certainly fits into that idea. He is being shutdown for at least 10 days now and it sounds like there is no chance that he will pitch at all in the month of April.
This is a huge red flag as Feliciano led the league in games pitched in each year over the past three years. The Mets also used him in up to six consecutive games once last season and five consecutive games multiple times over the past three years. His arm has been downright abused and now he comes to the Bronx and will potentially miss at least the first month of the season. Not a good sign at all.
With Feliciano out, the Yankees are looking outside of the organization for his replacement. One reader brought up the idea of lefty reliever Ron Mahay who is lefty and was recently released by the Dodgers. The Yankees will likely kick the tires on him, but as of right now there is no reason to believe they will make a move on the 40-year-old veteran.