Feliciano No Es Muy Feliz...
...y no soy yo.
On my report card for this semester, my Spanish teacher wrote, "What a fine young lady! She should continue Spanish in college."
No matter how many times I tell him I want to study Sports Communications in hopes of someday doing something for the Yankees, he doesn't get it. He says I'm so good at Spanish, and when he was my age, he didn't think Spanish was the career for him. But he said the more you use it, the more you like it.
So there's my Spanish sentence for today...can't say I'm loving it. And I can't say I'm loving what happened to the new Yankee, Pedro Feliciano.
Pedro Feliciano is not happy, and neither am I.
The Yankees signed Feliciano in the offseason to a 2-year deal to replace the always-injured Damaso Marte, their lefty-specialist. Last season, Boone Logan was the sole lefty out of the Yankee bullpen, since Marte fell off the face of the earth. But Logan embraced his role, and had the best season of his career in 2010 with a 2.93 ERA in 51 games. The Yankees thought Feliciano would lessen the burden on Logan. It seemed like a pretty good idea.
But I did have my doubts. And my worst fears have come true.
Feliciano had spent his whole career with the Mets, a career with a career ERA of 3.31. Pretty solid. Even so, I felt wary of him, because I am somewhat biased against National League pitchers. I just don't believe they do as well in the American League.
But the primary reason why I was doubtful of this move was because Feliciano has thrown a boatload of innings the past few years with the Mets. In fact, he led the league in appearances the past three seasons. In 2010, Feliciano appeared in a startling 92 games. But being a lefty-specialist, those 92 games translated into 62.2 innings.
Still, that's a lot of work for a guy who has had shoulder problems in the past. 62.2 innings, and the 92 times he had to loosen himself and warm up - it takes its toll.
Brian Cashman was not afraid to express his concerns - the same concerns I have - in regards to Feliciano's time with the Mets. He said he felt the Mets abused Feliciano.
And now Pedro Feliciano might need "significant surgery" to repair a torn capsule in his left shoulder. Sounds pretty painful.
Most likely, we will not see Pedro Feliciano pitch this year, and it looks pretty bad for next year as well. This deal wasn't a good one.
Now I'm not blaming anyone here, but I think the Mets really mismanaged Feliciano. It kind of reminds me of Joe Torre with the way he "abused" Paul Quantrill back in 2004, when he led the league with 86 games pitched.
Is it the Mets fault what happened to Feliciano? I don't know.
What I don't understand is that if Brian Cashman was aware of Feliciano's past workload, why did he sign him? Sure, he was a good pitcher, but that was in the National League. And with that amount of innings thrown, it is no surprise that this happened.
What a pity.
And now, Boone Logan is the sole lefty in the bullpen again. Unfortunately, he doesn't look as sharp this year as he did in 2010. I hope he can pull himself together.
Buena suerte, Boone...
by Virginia Califano
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