Feliciano close to appearing in minor league rehab games

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Via Erik Boland, indications are that left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano will begin a minor league rehab assignment this Friday with the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League Yankees. “He might become someone who’s available to us (this season) … We’ll have to see,” said Brian Cashman.

Feliciano, 35, had surgery to repair a torn capsule and rotator cuff in his shoulder last September. He’s yet to throw a meaningful pitch for the Yankees since signing a two-year, $8M contract prior to last season. Feliciano started throwing full bullpen sessions in late-June and has been facing hitters in live batting practice sessions for the last few weeks according to Boland. Assuming he comes through the minor league rehab assignment well — a massive, huge, gigantic if — he’d be a nice add as the third lefty specialist when the rosters expand in September.

Thoughts after another one-run loss
A month-by-month look at Phil Hughes
  • Robinson Tilapia

    I’d have him move the heaviest equipment in the stadium, drive the team bus, and write “Pavano” a thousand times on a blackboard every day he’s not pitching.

  • Erica

    I forgot all about him. :(

    • Robinson Tilapia

      You forgot all about all of us.

      • Erica

        I am a neglectful RAB’r :(

        • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

          It’s ok the comment section has lost it’s mind of late.

          • jjyank


            • Gonzo


              • Get Phelps Up


    • The DonSlaught


      Him and Pineda.

      • Get Phelps Up

        Pineda :(

        • jjyank

          Shoulders :(

  • Kevin G.

    2012 Marte!

    • http://twitter.com/#!/Clay_Bellinger Clay Bellinger

      That would rock.

  • http://thecarsboneblog.tumblr.com Raul Ibanez AKA Tom Marvolo Riddle

    yawn…I won’t believe he throws a pitch in pinstripes until I see it with my eyes. I said the same thing about Joba this season, so hopefully I’m proven wrong again. It seems like there has been news on everybody but Pineda btw…and I guess no news is good news, but at the same time wouldn’t the team want to report that he’s on/ahead of schedule just to say it? I mean they waste time with reporting things on a marginal guy like Filiciano…

    • Jimmy James

      Pineda’s been killing it on the treadmill and tearing up the pool.

      What else do you need to hear since they last reported his recovery and has yet to start a throwing program?

  • http://yankeesblogtbnl.blogspot.com Derek

    Even if he didn’t return until September, wouldn’t he still be playoff eligible given that he’s been on the DL all this time?

    Obviously this assumes that all goes well and that he actually pitches well. Rapada would also have to struggle.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike Axisa

      Yeah, he’ll be eligible. They have Mariano Rivera’s injury as a pitcher exemption.

      • Ed

        They don’t need an exemption for him. If he’s on the DL on 8/31, he’s eligible for the postseason.

  • RetroRob

    The Mets once had a pitcher with the same name who I believe exploded into a pile of dust one day on the pitcher’s mound from extreme overuse.

    Go the Rapada route. No more of these contracts for the LOOGY du jour.

  • jjyank

    I’m secretely hoping for 2009 Marte, but not holding my breath.

  • blake

    What would be awesome is if we had a guy on the DL that we forgot we had that could hit.

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals


  • AC

    Give him credit for trying to come back. I realize we didn’t get squat from him since we signed him. A lot of guys wouldnt have even tried this year. Aardsma as well. Still not giving up hope.

  • Mick taylor

    We have a better chance of swing Jose feliciano pitching for the yanks. Then next year he’ll go to the red sox and pitch great