"That was part of the reason we decided not to re-sign him," Warthen said, "because we knew we had used him 270-something times in the last three years."Today, Feliciano fired back at his old team. Here's the report from Brian Costello:
Pedro Feliciano is ready to abuse the Mets.Welcome to the right side of the rivalry, Pedro.
The ailing Yankees reliever did not appreciate comments made by Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen this weekend, and is looking forward to exacting some revenge. In response to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman saying the Mets "abused" Feliciano, Warthen said the Mets did not re-sign Feliciano this winter because of how much they had used him.
"That's not right when he said, 'That's why we let him go,' " said Feliciano, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a sore left shoulder. "I read that and it hurts because I like Dan."
Feliciano then pointed to May 20, when the Mets come to Yankee Stadium.
"I will show him in the Subway Series," Feliciano said. "When I strike out Ike Davis and I jump on the mound [pointing his finger as if Warthen were in front of him], I'll say, 'That's for you.' "
"I will come back from this injury," said Feliciano, who is scheduled to play catch later this week. "I'll be telling him that I feel there's a lot of Feliciano to go.
"He said I would blow up this year. They didn't want to sign me because I'll blow up. It hurts."
"I feel hurt a little bit about [Warthen's comments] because they didn't really let me go because I pitched a lot of games," Feliciano said. "I didn't sign with them because they offered me one year. Me and my agent wanted a multi-year [contract], two or more years, and they just gave me one. That's why I'm not a Met right now."