The other day Joe Girardi announced that the Pedro Feliciano‘s shoulder was damaged, but yesterday GM Brian Cashman elaborated by announcing that it was indeed a torn capsule in his pitching shoulder.
The next step involves Feliciano getting a second opinion, but he will likely need season ending surgery. This does in no way guarantee that he will be ready by next spring training or that he will even be able to pitch at all next season. The surgery needed is the same surgery that Chien-Ming Wang underwent over two years ago and he still hasn’t returned to the diamond.
I’ll never stop saying it, shoulder surgery is nasty stuff for pitchers. Just look at Damaso Marte. He had shoulder surgery and at first the idea was that he would return by July, but suddenly Cashman admitted yesterday that he doesn’t expect Marte back at all and only if he experienced no setbacks would he even be ready by September.
In the same conversation with reporters, Cashman excused himself from fault for the Yankees abusing pitchers in the past the way Feliciano was abused by placing the blame on Joe Torre. He said that Torre often put too much trust in his players and Cashman would plead with pitchers to be honest with their manager for the good of their careers.
Feliciano is in the first year of a two-year deal worth $8 million with a club option for a third year worth $4.5 million.