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.
Pitcher David Phelps has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2018 season, the Mariners announced on Wednesday. Phelps was making brief one-inning stints in the Cactus League as he worked his way back from a procedure to remove a bone spur from his elbow last September. He said he felt the ligament tear on his final pitch against the Angels in his March 17 appearance.
Phelps, 31, was expected to set up for closer Edwin Diaz. The right-hander, between the Marlins and Mariners last season, posted a 3.40 ERA with a 62/26 K/BB ratio in 55 2/3 innings. He and the Mariners avoided arbitration in January, agreeing on a $5.55 million salary for the 2018 campaign. Phelps will become eligible to become a free agent at the end of the season.
As the Mariners noted in their statement, the expected recovery period for Tommy John surgery is 12-15 months, so this very likely cuts into Phelps’ 2019 season as well.