Pedro Feliciano signed a two-year, $8 million deal with the Yankees before the 2011 season and then quickly got a shoulder injury which needed surgery to fix and kept him out of Pinstripes for practically the entire duration of his contract.
Last Friday Feliciano actually started a rehab assignment, pitching one inning while striking out the side and walking one in the Gulf Coast League. Afterward Yankees manager Joe Girardi actually sounded optimistic that they might get the lefty reliever back in September.
“He went through a real serious injury, but he’s been determined to get back,” Girardi told Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News. “My hope is that he’s able to continue to progress for us.”
“If he does everything necessary during August, hopefully he’ll be an option for us in September,” Brian Cashman added to Erik Boland of Newsday.
It wouldn’t be much, but one month is better than nothing. And hopefully he has similar luck that Damaso Marte had with the Yankees. Marte was traded for back in 2008 and barely played at all for two years before showing up in the 2009 playoffs and played a big part in that bullpen as they went on to win a World Series.
Not saying that will necessarily happen with Feliciano, but it might make his contract worth it if it did.