Injured lefty Pedro Feliciano said he was “hurt” by comments from Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen in which Warthen said that Feliciano’s heavy workload was “part of the reason we decided to not re-sign him.”
Speaking in the Yankees clubhouse just before batting practice today, Feliciano said flatly, “that’s not right,” and said the Mets only offered him a one-year contract so he chose to seek a multi-year deal elsewhere (he’s on a two-year, $8 million deal with the Yankees). “It hurts because I like Dan,” Feliciano said. “He was one of my good pitching coaches, and when I read that, it hurts.”
Then, when I asked Feliciano if he had reached out to Warthen after reading his comments, he said this: “Oh, no, no. I don’t (have) his number or nothing. I will show him in the Subway Series when I strike out Ike Davis. When I jump on the mound, I’ll be like, ‘That’s for you.'”
Now, Feliciano was chuckling as he said it – and it was a good line – but it was also clear he was bothered by the notion Warthen had offered in his comments. In case you’re wondering, Feliciano is scheduled to play catch on Wednesday and hopes to come off the disabled list near the end of the month … in plenty of time for the first Subway Series which starts May 20.