The Yankees got the MRI results for Pedro Feliciano Wednesday and they weren’t good. Manager Joe Girardi spoke with reporters after the game about it and just said that he had a “damaged shoulder” and wanted to speak with the team’s doctors and Feliciano’s agent again before elaborating on it, but he left the impression that he needed surgery, according to Ben Shpigel of the NY Times.
if the Yankees are looking to do that it could be a huge mistake. Feliciano, 34, has pitched a lot over the past few years. He’s appeared in at least 78 games in each of the last four years and not less than 86 games over the past three. He’s also pitched the last couple of years for Jerry Manuel, a manager who at times could downright abuse his relievers using them three, four, even six days in a row with no second thought. This is a man who has some miles on his arm.
And those miles have finally caught up with him. If surgery is indeed happening for him it means he’s done for the year and it could potentially mean he never pitches in a Yankee uniform at all. If that happens this is obviously a bad signing by Brian Cashman. He blames the Mets for abusing him, they did, but totally ignores that the Mets didn’t force him to sign him. The market wasn’t exactly flush with other lefties, but Cashman didn’t seriously look at any other southpaws any of them. With Feliciano there was interest early and often.
Now the Yankees will likely go with Boone Logan. If he struggles they’ll first look to supplement him with a minor leaguer, perhaps Steve Garrison, Andy Sisco, or Jose Ortegano. Naoya Okamoto in Double-A Trenton may even get a look. If they don’t like any of those options they will start to monitor the trade market which probably won’t develop until June or July. Remember, when trading for a good left handed reliever teams usually have to overpay. This could end up costing the Yankees a halfway decent prospect as well.