Pedro Feliciano returns to Mets on minor-league deal

Reliever Pedro Feliciano throws a practice session during

Reliever Pedro Feliciano throws a practice session during Mets spring training in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Feb. 22, 2010) Photo Credit: Newsday/Thomas A. Ferrara

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Pedro Feliciano threw exactly zero pitches while under contract with the Yankees. But after two years of shoulder woes, the lefthander has returned to the Mets with a minor-league deal and an invitation to spring training.

Feliciano, 36, led the majors in appearances each year from 2008- 10 with the Mets. The Yankees, seeking another lefty to throw at a lefty-heavy Boston lineup, gave him a two-year, $8-million deal despite a workload with the Mets that Yankees GM Brian Cashman called abusive after Feliciano went down in spring training in 2011.

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The comment sparked a brief skirmish between the clubs, with Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen saying the Yankees should have known better, having seen Feliciano's workload, and adding that the innings load had factored into the Mets' decision not to re-sign him. Feliciano promised to strike out Ike Davis, after which he would dedicate the feat to Warthen. But was never healthy enough to make good on that.

Feliciano had major shoulder surgery in September 2011 and spent 2012 trying to work his way back. He joins a crowded mix of lefties who will vie for a spot in the Mets' bullpen.

In eight big-league seasons, Feliciano is 22-19 with a 3.31 ERA, holding lefthanded hitters to a .214 average. He posted a 1.23 ERA in seven relief appearances in the Puerto Rican winter league.

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