Rehab Updates: A-Rod, Aardsma, Feliciano

Got some updates to pass along on a trio of rehabbing big leaguers…

  • Alex Rodriguez (hand) went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts and a walk with High-A Tampa, his first minor league rehab game. He batted leadoff and served as the DH, grounding out to short the only time he put the ball in play. Depending on how his hand feels after this, A-Rod could play the field in tomorrow’s game.
  • David Aardsma (elbow, hip) threw a scoreless inning in the same game. He walked one batter, uncorked a wild pitch, and got three fly ball outs. No word on his pitch count or anything. This was his first game action since suffering a setback in late-June. Based on his previous rehab attempt, he’ll take two or three days off before doing it again. The minor league regular season ends early next week, however.
  • Pedro Feliciano (shoulder) allowed one run in an inning of work for Short Season Staten Island. He allowed a solo homer to a right-handed batter and otherwise recorded three outs in three different ways — strikeout, fly out, ground out. Feliciano threw just 13 pitches. No word on when he’ll be activated, but I have to think it’ll be sooner rather than later.
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Feliciano will make next rehab appearance with SI Yanks tomorrow

Left-hander Pedro Feliciano will make his next minor league rehab appearance with the Short Season Staten Island Yankees tomorrow rather than with Double-A Trenton tonight. It had been rumored that the 36-year-old would wrap up his rehab with the Thunder today before joining the Yankees when the rosters expand on Saturday, but I guess there will be a slight delay before he’s activated.

Feliciano pitched in back-to-back games and entered a game in the middle of an inning earlier this week, both firsts as part of his rehab. It seems like they wanted to give him an extra day of rest before his next outing, and Trenton heads out on the road following tonight’s game while Staten Island will be playing in Brooklyn tomorrow. If they give him a day of rest following Friday’s appearance, Feliciano would join the big league bullpen on Sunday rather than Saturday. Not a huge deal.

Feliciano faces two in latest minor league rehab outing

For the first time as part of his rehab from shoulder surgery, left-hander Pedro Feliciano pitched in back-to-back days and entered a game in the middle of an inning tonight. With men on second and third and no outs, Feliciano got a ground ball to second (run scored) and walked a right-handed batter. Only one of his five pitches was a strike, and a passed ball by the catcher allow the second runner to come around to score. He was pitching for Double-A Trenton. Here’s video.

Yesterday we heard that the 36-year-old southpaw is likely to make another rehab appearance on Thursday before potentially joining the big league bullpen when rosters expand on Saturday. That assumes he comes through these last two appearances as well as the next one with no problems. Either way, he’s close.

Feliciano throws scoreless inning in latest rehab appearance

Left-hander Pedro Feliciano struck out two and allowed a walk in a scoreless inning for Double-A Trenton this evening. He also uncorked a wild pitch and threw nine of 17 pitches for strikes, sitting in his usual mid-80s. After three appearances in Rookie ball and one with High-A Tampa, this was Feliciano’s first minor league rehab outing with the Thunder. Here’s video.

Mike Ashmore spoke to the veteran southpaw prior to the game, and Feliciano indicated that the plan is throw another inning tomorrow — his first back-to-back appearances during this rehab stint — and then again on Thursday. If all that goes well, he could rejoin the team when roster expand on Saturday.

Feliciano allows a run in latest minor league rehab outing

In his fifth minor league rehab outing overall and first with High-A Tampa, left-hander Pedro Feliciano allowed a run on four hits in one inning of work this afternoon. All four hits were singles and three of the four came off the bat of right-handed hitters. Not terribly surprising.

Feliciano, who turns 36 tomorrow, made his first four rehab appearances on three days’ rest with the Rookie Level GCL Yankees. This appearance came with one day of rest and with the promotion up to the tougher league. He was originally scheduled to pitch for High-A Tampa this past Tuesday, but the game was rained out and he instead pitched for the GCL club on Wednesday. Feliciano remains on target to join the big league bullpen in September, but he still has a number of hurdles to clear.