Pedro Feliciano has been advised that he will not be with the Mets’ big league club when spring training breaks in a week. The Mets want him to head to Triple-A to build up his arm strength.
Marc Carig of Newsday tweeted that Feliciano hasn’t ruled out starting the season in the minors, but thinks he is ready for major league competition now. According to ESPN New York, Feliciano stated that “[Batters] have to think about my deception mechanics-wise. You don’t have to throw 100 mph. You have to throw a strike to get some lefties. They made that decision. I’m going to think about it and see what I decide. Hopefully somebody picks me up. We’ll see what happens.”
Feliciano has had a rough spring. He was recovering from shoulder surgery, and then was almost shut down with a heart ailment earlier in camp. His velocity is still hovering in the low to mid 80s, and the Mets probably feel more comfortable starting the season with Robert Carson and Josh Edgin as their lefty bullpen options.