Mets LHP Feliciano OK to resume baseball activity
VIERA, Fla. (AP) - New York Mets reliever Pedro Feliciano has been cleared to resume baseball activity while wearing a heart monitor.
Manager Terry Collins said he thinks Feliciano will have enough time in spring training to get ready for the start of the season.
"He's cleared to do everything, which is a great sign,'' Collins said before Thursday night's game against Washington. "Obviously, since he hasn't thrown in a while, I'm sure (pitching coach) Dan (Warthen) has a schedule to throw him a couple times to make sure it doesn't inhibit him from doing some stuff.''
The 36-year-old Feliciano was with the New York Yankees for the last two seasons but didn't pitch in any games because of shoulder trouble.
Feliciano visited the Minneapolis Heart Institute Clinic at Abbott Northwestern Hospital on Wednesday for tests. The exams showed he had a rare genetic condition called left ventricular noncompaction. It results from the failure of myocardial development from birth.
"I am ready to return to spring training with my team,'' Feliciano in a statement sent by his representatives. "I will attend my ailment that was discovered during a routine checkup and not because of pain.
"I can honestly say it will not keep me up at night. I will be on top of my condition but it will not stop me from playing baseball,'' he said.