Pedro Feliciano has yet to throw a pitch for the Yankees since signing a two-year, $8 million deal in January of 2011, missing all of last season and the first four months of this season with a torn rotator cuff that required surgery.
However, general manager Brian Cashman told Erik Boland of New York Newsday that Feliciano has been throwing batting practice at the Yankees’ spring training complex and could be cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment “very soon.”
Cashman did his best to downplay any expectations that Feliciano could make an impact down the stretch, but a September call-up seems likely if he avoid a setback. Prior to the injury Feliciano was one of the most durable (or, in retrospect, overworked) relievers in baseball for the Mets, leading the league in appearances in three consecutive seasons with 86, 88, and 92.
Rick Morissey of the Chicago Sun-Times published an article on Sunday giving a bit of insight into Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein. When Epsten was younger, he dabbled in sportswriting, but quickly realized the trade wasn’t for him.
As Morissey details, when Epstein was 19 years old writing for Yale’s student newspaper, he wrote an article suggesting the school’s football coach should be fired during what would become a 3-7 season. Epstein was told during the meeting that one writer would defend the coach and one would call for his job. “It was a lesson in the way that the world of journalism sometimes works. It was an eye-opener for me. I regret it, and I’ve happily moved on.”
Epstein continued, “I realized I didn’t want to be a sportswriter when I was interning with the Orioles back in ’92, ’93, ’94. I did do a lot of media-relations stuff, and I saw that the life of a sportswriter is pretty lonely. You kind of work by yourself, sit there by yourself in the press box, go back to the hotel bar. Not to generalize.” He added, “But I really respect writing and respect sportswriters.”
He’s not wrong, and he seems to have found his calling as a front office executive. His Cubs are back in the World Series for the first time since 1945.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis tweeted on Sunday, “Got a little too close to [Francisco Lindor] during the celebration!! Freak accident but should be good to go by Tuesday! #cantkeepmeoutofthisgame!”
Per MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian, manager Terry Francona said Kipnis is dealing with a low ankle sprain, but he’s expected to be ready to go when the World Series begins on Tuesday. Kipnis went through fielding drills on Sunday.
Kipnis is hitting .167/.219/.367 with a pair of homers and four RBI in eight games this postseason.