Yankees’ Feliciano May Require Surgery on Pitching Shoulder

April 14 (Bloomberg) -- New York Yankees reliever Pedro Feliciano may need surgery after an MRI exam found damage in his pitching shoulder, manager Joe Girardi said.

Feliciano, a 34-year-old left-hander, signed a two-year, $8 million contract with the Yankees during the offseason after leading Major League Baseball in pitching appearances each of the past three years with the New York Mets. His 92 games last season was tied for the fourth-most in history.

“He’s got a damaged shoulder,” Girardi told reporters after last night’s game, without giving specifics about the injury. “The MRI did not come back good. In fairness to the player, he needs to talk about it with our doctors and the agents and decide what the next course of action is.”

Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman told reporters on April 2 that Feliciano’s workload with the Mets was “abusive.” Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen said that Feliciano’s number of appearances in recent years was a reason the team didn’t re-sign him. Feliciano has said he doesn’t think the Mets are responsible for his injury.

Without Feliciano, who hasn’t pitched since spring training, Boone Logan is the lone left-hander in the Yankees’ bullpen. In his four appearances this season, Logan has allowed three runs -- two earned -- and eight base runners over two innings.

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