Pedro Feliciano felt the way most pitchers do when he visited Dr. James Andrews on April 18 in Birmingham, Ala.
"I went with my head down, ready for surgery, to hear some bad [news]," Feliciano said Monday in his first comments since the visit.
Instead, he got a reprieve of sorts. Feliciano, who has a capsule tear in his left shoulder, was advised by Andrews to start a six-week strengthening program, then the shoulder will be re-evaluated.
"Dr. Andrews said, from experience, he's had pitchers before with the same injury," Feliciano said. "He said he put them in rehab and it worked. So why not do that and avoid surgery and try to pitch again and try to help the team this year? Hopefully, I have a good rehab and can come back late June or early July."
Feliciano last pitched March 9; in subsequent weeks, each time he tried to throw, he felt discomfort. When he tried to play catch April 12 -- the first time in two weeks he had thrown -- he felt the same "pinch."
If he did have surgery, he wouldn't be ready for a year.
With Ken Davidoff