After the worst two years of his career, the minute Pedro Feliciano walked into the clubhouse at Tradition Field, he felt at home.
It was not just that the lefthanded reliever was returning to the Mets, the only major league team he pitched for, but he was returning to the game he loves.
“I was miserable, I just wanted to pitch, and all I did was rehab,” Feliciano said. “It was not a good time always rehabbing.
“When I got here, it was like walking into my old house. I knew I was back home.”
And what a journey back it was for the workhorse lefty.
After leading the National League in appearances (266) with the Mets from 2008-10, Feliciano didn’t throw a pitch for the next two years. After signing a controversial $8 million deal with the Yankees, Feliciano spent his entire tenure in pinstripes dealing with left shoulder issues that required surgery to repair the capsule and rotator cuff.
That surgery was nearly a year and a half ago, and Feliciano wants to put the whole episode behind him and earn a spot in the Mets bullpen.
“I am ready now, ready to pitch. There is nothing there, it is strong,” Feliciano said of his left shoulder. “It’s stronger than it was before, because before the surgery and after, I have to work on it.
“I pitched in Puerto Rico in winter ball and I am ready to go.”
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Pedro Feliciano looks to put injury-plagued experience with Yankees behind as he returns to NY Mets
New York Daily News | Feb 22