By Matt Snyder
Yankees left-hander reliever Pedro Feliciano has a torn capsule in his throwing shoulder, an MRI revealed Wednesday, and may be forced to have season-ending surgery. He'll meet with the famed Dr. James Andrews Monday to decide the course of action. (CBSSports.com's Knobler )
Feliciano, 34, has led the majors in pitching apperances each of the past three seasons. He saw action in 92 games last year, sporting a 3.30 ERA and striking out 56 batters in 62 2/3 innings. There has been some bickering back and forth between the Yankees and Mets on whether or not the Mets abused Feliciano's arm, causing the injury. Earlier in the spring when Feliciano had an MRI, there was only a muscle strain in his shoulder -- but that was only a basic MRI. The contrast MRI is what revealed the tear. (Blogging the Bombers )
Cashman didn't go after the Mets Thursday, instead directing some vitriol at former manager Joe Torre (read Knobler's blog for more ).
In the meantime, the Yankees are left a bit thin on left-handed relievers without Feliciano. Boone Logan is there, but that's it. General manager Brian Cashman told reporters he would look for left-handed relief help from other organizations but didn't see a realistic possibility via trade until mid-June at the earliest.
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