“Perpetual Pedro” is back.
Today the Mets announced that they have placed Josh Edgin on the DL, and promoted Pedro Feliciano to take his place in the bullpen.The move comes as a surprise, as there had been no rumblings about an Edgin injury until today. The injury is a stress fracture in his ribs, which will cause Edgin to miss four to six weeks, putting him back with the Mets in September at the earliest. He struggled in April and was very quickly sent down to the minor leagues, but has pitched extremely well since being recalled in June. In 19.1 innings, he has allowed 13 hits, eight walks, and just two earned runs (0.93 ERA) while striking out ten batters. During that span, he has held opposing hitters to a .194/.299/.254 slash line.
Feliciano has had a very rocky couple of seasons after leaving the Mets in 2010. He signed a two-year contract with the Yankees worth almost $8 million, but didn’t throw a single pitch for the major league club. After pitching in a league-high 266 games between 2008 and 2010 with the Mets, his arm succumbed to repeated injury. However, the Mets took a flier on him this past winter, signing him to a minor league contract. He failed to make the big league club out of spring training, but accepted a minor league assignment. Even that didn’t go as smoothly as Feliciano would’ve liked, with Feliciano suffering very severe food poisoning that caused him to miss major time in the minors. After 22 games in the between St. Lucie, Binghamton, and Las Vegas, he is finally back with the team. In 21 innings, he posted a 1.29 ERA with 14 hits, four walks, and 19 strikeouts.
In eight seasons with the Mets, Feliciano has a 3.31 ERA over 459 appearances to go along with a 1.37 WHIP.