Girardi hopeful Feliciano will be in 'pen next month

Girardi hopeful Feliciano will be in 'pen next month

Girardi hopeful Feliciano will be in 'pen next month
TORONTO -- Left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano made his second rehab appearance with the Yankees' Rookie Gulf Coast League affiliate on Friday.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Feliciano threw 17 or 18 pitches over one inning of work, and that the skipper expects Feliciano to get some days off before he returns to the mound.

Feliciano hasn't pitched in the Majors since 2010 -- when he was a member of the Mets -- after undergoing rotator cuff surgery on his pitching shoulder.

Girardi said the plan for Feliciano could be similar to that of Joba Chamberlain's, where he is given a little bit of extra rest before each outing, but that it is possible Feliciano could join New York's roster in September.

"That is our hope," Girardi said when asked if Feliciano could join the Yankees this season. "He went through a real serious injury, but he's determined to get back. I hope he is able to continue and progress for us."

Girardi admitted he is a little bit surprised that Feliciano is even on the team's radar for 2012.

"But the thing about who he is and the struggles that he had to get through to be successful, he has had to overcome things. He was going to do everything he could to get back."

The Yankees inked Feliciano to a two-year, $8 million deal prior to the 2011 season, but the 35-year-old has yet to don the pinstripes. New York has a $4.5 million club option on him for 2013. He is 22-19 with a 3.31 ERA in 459 career relief appearances over eight big league seasons.