Shoulder problems have kept Pedro Feliciano from throwing a pitch for the Yankees since signing a two-year, $8 million contract prior to last season, but now an ankle injury will keep him from making a September cameo for New York.
Feliciano had been progressing enough in his recovery from shoulder surgery that the Yankees were talking about giving him a few late-season appearances, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the once incredibly durable left-handed reliever “sprained his ankle covering first base in a rehab outing.”
According to Sherman his fastball was clocked in the mid-80s anyway, so it’s not as if the Yankees were counting on Feliciano to provide any value, but now the 36-year-old will likely have to hit the open market as a free agent without any big-league action to convince teams he’s worth guaranteed money.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that the Nationals will ask to speak with Astros’ bench coach Alex Cora after the American League Championship Series concludes on Saturday. This comes on the heels of the news that club manager Dusty Baker will not be returning to the team in 2018.
Cora, 42, has some experience in the Nationals’ organization. He played for the Nats during his last big league stint in 2011, batting .224/.287/.276 through 91 games before announcing his retirement in the spring of 2012. Per Cafardo, he was also offered a player development gig with the club, but has not appeared in any kind of official role with them since his days as a major league infielder. While he’s been lauded for his leadership skills and strong clubhouse presence, he hasn’t acquired any managerial experience since his retirement, save for a handful of games with the Astros where he filled in for A.J. Hinch.
Despite the appeal of having a familiar face in the dugout, the Nationals aren’t the only ones eyeing Cora. The Astros’ coach has already interviewed with the Tigers, Mets and Red Sox this month. Boston appears to be the current favorite to land him and according to at least one source, may even announce his hiring in advance of the World Series next Tuesday.