Feliciano: Hurt feelings, not abuse

April, 4, 2011
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Pedro Feliciano


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New York Yankees

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Pedro Feliciano, on the DL with a rotator cuff strain, disagreed with GM Brian Cashman's opinion that the Mets "abused'" him by using him in 266 games over the past three seasons.

However, he said pitching coach Dan Warthen hurt his feelings by agreeing with Cashman, saying the Mets excessive use of Feliciano was the reason they chose not to re-sign the left-handed specialist after eight seasons. Feliciano pointed out that while he might have preferred to remain a Met, he chose the Yankees because they gave him a two-year deal worth $8 million, with a club option for a third year.

And he said he had a special brand of payback planned for when the Mets and Yankees meet in interleague play (May 20-22 at Yankee Stadium and July 1-3 in Flushing).

"I will show him in the Subway Series when I strike out Ike Davis," Feliciano said. "When I jump up and down on the mound I’ll be like, 'That’s for you.'''
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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