After two lost seasons, Pedro Feliciano returned to the Mets and wanted only to pitch, but spring training has already presented health complications.
The lefty reliever announced through his agent on Thursday that he was diagnosed with a rare genetic heart condition known as left ventricular noncompaction. Feliciano said that the condition will not make it unsafe to pitch.
He has been cleared to resume baseball activities while wearing a heart monitor after undergoing an electrocardiograph, echocardiogram and a cardiovascular MR at the Minneapolis Heart Institute Clinic at Abbot Northwestern Hospital. Feliciano said in a statement that he did not have a hole in his heart, as he had originally suggested.
“I am ready to return to spring training with my team,” the statement read. “I will attend to my ailment that was discovered during a routine checkup and not because of pain, but I can honestly say it will not keep me up at night. I will be on top of my condition, but it will not stop me from playing baseball.”
The lefty’s agent, Melvin Roman, added in the statement:
“Pedro is committed to the game and his New York fans. If his condition was serious, where the experts had determined for him not to play baseball anymore, I am sure he would not return to the mound. All the necessary exams were completed, and the final results were not severe. The Mets support Pedro’s comeback and so do I. Having said that, we support our client 100%.”
Feliciano, 36, pitched for the Mets from 2002-2010, before signing a two-year, $8 million contract from the Yankees. He never pitched across town after undergoing shoulder surgery, and is trying to revive his career with his original team.
Although he is in camp on a minor league deal, Feliciano was seen as the frontrunner to join Josh Edgin as lefties in the bullpen. Terry Collins said on Thursday that there was still time for that to happen.
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Even with rare genetic heart condition, Pedro Feliciano ready to pitch for NY Mets
New York Daily News | Mar 1