After leading the majors in appearances for the past three seasons with the Mets, the 34-year-old lefty was expected to be durable and effective against lefties.Hopefully this isn't something that lingers.
Now, he is going to open the season on the disabled list with a muscle problem in the back of the left shoulder.
"He played catch [yesterday] and didn't feel great," manager Joe Girardi said yesterday before a 7-6 loss to the Twins at Hammond Stadium. "It's hard to think he would start [the season]."
Girardi added lefty Steve Garrison to the mix of arms to replace Feliciano, who appeared in 266 games in the past three years. Also being considered are Mark Prior and Luis Ayala.
Romulo Sanchez was mentioned earlier in the process, but the Yankees removed him from yesterday's travel roster because they were discussing a trade involving the right-hander who is out of options.
Either way, the Yankees will be able to manage without him for the first few weeks so I wouldn't be too concerned.