Yankees reliever Feliciano making progress

Pedro Feliciano throws during spring training at George

Pedro Feliciano throws during spring training at George M. Steinbrenner field in Tampa. (Credit: Thomas A. Ferrara, 2011)

SEATTLE -- Joba Chamberlain might not be the only pitcher to provide the Yankees with late season bullpen help.

Pedro Feliciano, signed to a two-year $8-million contract (with a club option for 2013) before the 2011 season, threw a 20-pitch batting practice in Tampa Tuesday morning. It was the first time he faced hitters since last Aug. 25 in a Gulf Coast League game when he suffered a setback, leading to left rotator cuff surgery last September.

Feliciano could pitch rehab games in August and general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday the reliever -- barring any setbacks -- could be a September call-up when rosters expand.

Meanwhile, Chamberlain started Tuesday night for High-A Tampa in Lakeland and pitched a perfect nine-pitch first inning. Though the Yankees haven't said so publicly, the plan is for him to throw again Wednesday, which would be the first time Chamberlain's gone back-to-back in his rehab.

Girardi: Swisher better

Joe Girardi said Nick Swisher (hip flexor) might not play in Friday's series opener against the Red Sox, but the rightfielder is feeling "better every day."

Extra bases

OF Brett Gardner underwent surgery Tuesday to repair his right elbow, a procedure Girardi said "went well." . . . C Austin Romine has played nine GCL games since returning from the lower back injury that sidelined him in February. "He fine, he's healthy," senior vice president of baseball operations Mark Newman said. Newman also said that RHP Ty Hensley, the team's first-round pick who signed July 13, is about a week away from his first rookie league game.

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