Somewhere, Brian Cashman has an extremely red face. According to ESPN, the former Met and current Yankee reliever Pedro Feliciano is expected to miss the entire season due to a torn capsule in his left shoulder. The Yankees had noticed Feliciano’s lacking abilities in Spring Training, and decided to place the left-handed reliever on the DL–but not without a word of contempt from Cashman. The Yankees general manager claimed that Feliciano had been “abused” by Mets management–yet his opinion apparently didn’t occur to him until after Cashman signed the pitcher to a two-year, $8 million contract.
Originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1995, Feliciano saw his first MLB action in orange and blue in 1998 as a 25 year-old. Between 2002 – 2004, Feliciano posted an unremarkable 4.21 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 4.2 BB/9 IP. The lefty then spent the 2005 season in Japan with the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks, where he credits his new approach, maturation, and current success.
Feliciano came back to the states in 2006, and signed again with the New York Mets. In his first rejuvenated season, Feliciano posted a spectacular 2.09 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 3.0 BB/9 IP, and 8.1 K/9 IP. Since coming back from Japan, “Perpetual” Pedro has owned an impressive 3.09 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, 3.8 BB/9 IP, and 8/4 K/9 IP mark. However, despite often being among the league leaders for appearances and earning the reputation of an “any situation” reliever, Feliciano only endured success against righties in 2007. In fact, from 2008 to present, righties have owned a .325/.417/.474 line against him. Regardless, Feliciano owns an impressive career .214/.282/.297 against lefties.
The Yankees only other left-handed bullpen option is Boone Logan since Damaso Marte is still on the DL. Logan has only pitched two innings so far this season, with a 0-1 record, 9.00 ERA, 4.00 WHIP, and 0.33 K/BB ratio. The reliever owns a career .252/.328/.361 line against his own kind, but if he continues to pitch the way he has, it’s fair to assume the Yankees will be in the market for a new specialist. And yes, the Yankees can have Tim Byrdak.
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