In his latest minor league rehab appearance with the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League Yankees, left-hander Pedro Feliciano retired all three batters he faced — the first two on ground balls, the last on a called strike three. He struck out the side in his first rehab game four days ago. No word on his pitch count or anything, but I doubt it was more than 12-15 or so.
Feliciano, 36 in less than two weeks, is coming off major shoulder surgery. His 30-day rehab window expires on September 9th, so if all goes well between now and then, he’ll be able to rejoin the bullpen as the third lefty specialist once rosters expand. Obviously “all goes well” is a mighty big assumption at this point. The Yankees actually hold a $4.5M club option for Feliciano next season, but I can’t imagine they would pick given what we know right now. Let’s see him face some big league hitters first.