4:09 PM, April 14, 2011 ι By GEORGE A. KING III
If Pedro Feliciano needs left shoulder surgery the reliever likely will miss his entire first season with the Yankees.
Dr. James Andrews and Feliciano will decide if the reliever needs a procedure done to repair a tear in a capsule that will require a year of recovery.
Feliciano, who hasn’t pitched in a game since March 9, was diagnosed with a damaged capsule by Yankees doctor Chris Ahmad and will get a second opinion Monday in Pensacola, Fla., from Andrews.
“I think surgery is better but I will wait until I see what he says,’’ Feliciano said. “If he says surgery, we will decide to get surgery.’’
Feliciano, who led the majors in appearances (266) the past three years with the Mets, said this problem is not related to the heavy workload in Queens. Earlier this year Yankees GM Brian Cashman said the Mets “abused’’ Feliciano
“It happened in spring training. Every year (when) I finished the season I was healthy,’’ said Feliciano, who signed a two-year deal worth $8 million with the Yankees this offseason to replace Damaso Marte as the premier lefty in the pen. Marte isn’t expected back after shoulder surgery last year. “I lift a lot. When I pitched the muscle was tight and it caused damage.’’
The option besides surgery is an injection and two months of rest. However, there is no guarantee rest will fix the tear, and Feliciano would require surgery in July then face a year of rehab.
Feliciano had surgery in the same area in 1999 but it was to tighten the