Feliciano throws perfect inning in latest minor league rehab game

In his fourth appearance with the Rookie Level GCL Yankees, left-hander Pedro Feliciano retired all three batters (two ground balls, one fly ball) in a scoreless inning this afternoon. The 35-year-old was originally scheduled to pitch for High-A Tampa last night, but the game was rained out. It would have been his first appearance outside of rookie ball and also his first on two days’ rest. All of his other appearances have come with three days of rest. Feliciano figures to sit for another two days before making that elusive first appearance at a higher level. He remains on schedule to join the big league bullpen in the middle of September.

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Feliciano throws scoreless inning in latest minor league rehab game

In his third minor league rehab appearance with the Rookie Level GCL Yankees, left-hander Pedro Feliciano allowed a double and struck out a batter looking in a scoreless inning. He has yet to allow a run during his rehab stint, but more importantly he remains healthy. There’s a chance Feliciano could be bumped up to a higher level for his next appearance, with High-A Tampa making the most sense. An early-to-mid-September return to the big league bullpen remains the target.

Feliciano throws a perfect inning in latest minor league rehab game

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.

Feliciano strikes out the side in first minor league rehab game

In his first minor league rehab appearance with the Rookie Level GCL Yankees, veteran left-hander Pedro Feliciano struck out the side as part of a scoreless inning today. He allowed a double to a left-handed batter and issued a walk as well. No word on the pitch count or velocity, but I highly doubt he was throwing anything other than the low-to-mid-80s. He wasn’t exactly a hard-thrower to start with.

Feliciano has yet to throw a meaningful pitch for the Yankees since signing a two-year, $8M contract prior to last season. He had major shoulder surgery last September after trying to rehab the injury and is just now getting back into game action. He’s been throwing bullpens and live batting practice in recent weeks. Assuming he makes it through the rehab well — a massive assumption — we could actually see Feliciano in the big leagues when rosters expand in September. Maybe he has a 2009 Damaso Marte run in him. That would be sweet.

Feliciano close to appearing in minor league rehab games

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.