Yankees GM Says LHP Feliciano Was ‘Abused’ By Mets

NEW YORK (AP) – Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said injured reliever Pedro Feliciano was “abused” by the New York Mets the last few years.

Feliciano, on the disabled list with a strained left rotator cuff, has made 344 relief appearances since 2007, a major league record for a four-year stretch. He led the majors in appearances each of the last three seasons, including a career-high 92 outings in 2010.

“He was abused,” Cashman said. “The use pattern was abusive.”

Still, the Yankees signed the left-handed specialist to an $8 million, two-year contract in January that includes a club option for 2013.

But not without reservations.

“It’s a thin market when you’re out there looking for lefties and he’s one of the better ones out there,” Cashman said. “But yeah, you don’t typically run to sign up guys that have been used like that.”

Is he convinced that Feliciano’s arm is sound? Cashman crossed his fingers.

“I wouldn’t say I’m convinced. I’m just saying it’s a limited market,” he said.

Feliciano was shut down with a sore shoulder during the final week of spring training. He said Saturday that he feels better and expects to begin playing catch Wednesday or Thursday.

Cashman said Feliciano is expected back later this month after missing the first few weeks of the season.

“The MRI itself obviously shows what he’s got and (that’s what) leads us to believe all this is resolvable and it’s not a major issue, it’s just a timing issue,” Cashman said. “But we do expect him to get back and pitch.”

Updated April 2, 2011 © 2011 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
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  • dabooch

    Ricky Babaloo is right on point; didn’t the now jr. commissioner follow Proctor out to LA where he finished cooking him beyond being done?

  • dabooch

    Hey Cashman are you interested in a thirty five year old left handed drive Vega with only 696,969 miles on it…never abused but used only as a Shea bullpen car?

  • Stewie

    How about that Family Guy thing at the end of Friday night’s game. Now that’s what I call ABUSE.

    “Welcome to Openning Day… and here’s the first pitch and the season’s over!” Now that’s funny, yet true. LOL, LOL

  • SC

    If you thought that he was used-up, Brian, why would you sign him to a multi-million dollar, multi-year contract? Another one of your brilliant “Pitching” decisions? Do I have to name them all? Yankee fans know who they are!


  • MasterShake

    Poor baby. He pitched 53, 59, and 62 innings in the past three seasons. That’s abuse??? Is pitching to one guy a night more than he can handle? What a wimp!!

  • Ricky Babaloo

    Yeah, the Mets abused Pedro Feliciano just like Joe Torre abused Scott Proctor, and then traded him when he was worn out.

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