Will Pedro Feliciano’s Heart Troubles Keep Him Off the New York Mets Roster?
New York Mets non-roster invitee to spring training Pedro Feliciano received some disheartening news yesterday to say the least. The pitcher who had been out of baseball the past two years since getting hurt in New York Yankees spring training in 2010 will not be able to participate in activities for two weeks until he is cleared from the Mets doctors.
The problem with Feliciano? He claims that an MRI revealed “little holes” outside of his heart. Feliciano goes on to say:
“They said in the test that I had little holes like outside the heart,” Feliciano reiterated Sunday. “Little holes, but I don’t feel anything. That’s what they said in the MRI.”
GM Sandy Alderson does not seem to be on the same page with Feliciano, but the Mets have decided to shut him down until team doctors get results from a heart monitor that he will wear for the next couple weeks.
“At this point we don’t have a diagnosis, per say,” Alderson said. “So it’s a little preliminary. In the meantime, however, while he’s being monitored, he will not be involved in any baseball activity.”
The main problem for Feliciano is the fact that he was set to begin throwing in games and the left-handed reliever slot on the roster will be a fierce battle during spring training. Missing two weeks will undoubtedly put him behind the eight ball trying to secure a roster spot.
The Mets have realistically one opening since it is almost a certainty that Josh Edgin will get the nod to go north with the team. Robert Carson, Darin Gorski, Aaron Laffey and Scott Rice will be the ones vying for the opportunity to break camp. It will be very difficult for Feliciano to edge them out with only about two weeks left in Florida, and understandably, the leftie is not too happy about it.
“I was ready, man,” Feliciano said. “I was happy to pitch on Friday, and now to be down is hard. I hope when I come back, I’ll just pitch good and surprise everybody and make the team.”
Feliciano was one of the most used pitchers in MLB during his stint with the Mets, and he was also one of the most effective. It would be a shame for Feliciano to lose his chance in this manner, but his health always has to come first and the Mets are making the right decision here.