Last week the Yankees got a bit of encouraging news when injured lefty relievers Damaso Marte and Pedro Feliciano both pitched in a rehab game. However they got the worst possible news after their appearances as both have been shutdown after experiencing pain following the outing, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
This news could mean the end of both of their Yankees careers. For Marte, he is on the final year of his contract. The Yankees have a $4 million club option they could exercise at the end of the season, but that seems unlikely at this point.
For Feliciano, it sounds like he’s going to need surgery that could keep him out for at least a year or for the remainder of his two-year $8 million deal with the Yankees.
These two pitches are clearly both black eyes on Cashman’s record. For one thing, there were huge red flags surrounding Feliciano this offseason that went completely ignored by Cashman. As for Marte, even ignoring a questionable trade that brought him here, he seemed to have been needlessly signed to a three-year $12 million contract. The only return the Yankees saw on that at all was during the 2009 playoffs and World Series, a solid contribution, but he has contributed nothing since.