New York Mets pitcher, Pedro Feliciano, has been diagnosed with a small hole in the exterior of his heart. Feliciano advised that he feels fine and that the injury is not life threatening nor is it surgical, which is always a good sign. However, Feliciano is unsure when he will be cleared for baseball activities as he will need to see both Mets trainer, Ray Ramirez, and a cardiac specialist.
Feb 15, 2013; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets pitcher Pedro Feliciano during spring training workout at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports
In January 2011, Feliciano signed a two-year, 8 million deal with the Yankees, having spent the entirety of his eight career before that with the Mets. During the 2011 season, Feliciano was placed on the disabled list due to an injury in his left shoulder. He later was seen by world renown orthopedist, Dr. James Andrews, who recommended a six-week strengthening program for the pitcher. The Yankees blamed it on the Mets, saying that the Mets had severely overused him, however, his diagnosis was later confirmed to be a torn capsule and torn rotator cuff in his left arm (his pitching arm), requiring surgery to repair. He earned the full $8 mil from his contract and never threw a single pitch as a member of the New York Yankees.
Just last month, Feliciano signed a minor league deal with the Mets, hoping to resume his big league career. He owns a career record of 22-19 and a 3.31 ERA coupled with throwing 372.1 total innings.
Due to this heart issue, he has been shut down indefinitely as obviously, his health is the most important thing at the moment.