Pedro Feliciano to get second MRI

Updated: April 12, 2011, 8:14 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- The "abused" Pedro Feliciano has the New York Yankees' doctors confused.

After suffering another setback in his efforts to return from his left rotator cuff strain, Feliciano will undergo a second MRI on Wednesday to try to figure out why he can't simply play catch without feeling pain.

Last week, Feliciano was supposed to throw for the first time, but he and the team decided to push it back a week. He finally played catch on Tuesday and didn't feel right afterward.

"It is a concern," manager Joe Girardi said. "We were hoping after these two weeks we would be able to take the next step and then the next step and we are just not there yet. We will do an MRI on [Wednesday] and see exactly and maybe we will get a better timetable."

The original MRI that sent Feliciano to the disabled list showed a muscle strain.

"You look at it a little more to see if the strain has healed and what is going on," Girardi said.

Feliciano said that he didn't feel like himself, while playing catch.

"I didn't feel like it was me," Feliciano said.

Feliciano will be joined by another ex-Met, who is moving from the Yankee bullpen to the disabled list. Right-hander Luis Ayala is going on the DL with a strained lat muscle. Girardi said as of Tuesday evening the Yankees were undecided whom they would bring up.

Feliciano's DL stint has been a noisy one. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Feliciano was "abused" by the Mets. Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen fired back, saying that the team's overuse of Feliciano was one of the reasons they didn't re-sign him. Feliciano, hurt by Warthen's comments, vowed to be back for the Subway Series to strike out Mets' first baseman Ike Davis. The first Subway Series game is May 20th, so the clock is ticking on Feliciano.

The Yankees signed Feliciano away from the Mets with a two-year, $8 million contract this offseason. The Yankees wanted him to complement Boone Logan as a lefty specialist and they have looked at him as competition for Joba Chamberlain for the seventh inning role.

Andrew Marchand covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com.

Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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