It didn’t look like the Yankees would get even $1’s worth out of their two-year, $8 million investment in former Mets lefty reliever Pedro Feliciano after shoulder surgery kept him out all of last year and most of this year. However, Feliciano hasn’t given up on pitching again this season and threw a bullpen on Tuesday.
“He’s trying to get back,” Girardi confirmed to Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News. “A realistic date? I don’t really have one, but a bullpen is a lot closer than when we left spring training. He’ll continue to throw some bullpens, hopefully everything goes okay and he feels okay and then we’ll get him in a BP. We’ll kind of keep our fingers crossed.”
Feliciano had surgery to repair a torn capsule and rotator cuff in his left shoulder late last season after rehab failed. It’s actually somewhat surprising to see him back so soon, but it’s still no guarantee that he pitches again this year. He’s still probably 6-8 weeks out at best and the likelihood of a setback is still very real.
Feliciano has a career 127 ERA+ with a 8.2 K/9, and 3.8 BB/9. The Yankees signed him as a free agent before the 2011 season after he lead the league in appearances from 2008 through 2010.