Yankees reliever Pedro Feliciano doesn't agree with the assessment that the Mets, his former team, overused him, but he was hurt by his former coach's comments.
Brian Cashman, who signed the left-hander to a two-year deal this winter, said over the weekend that the Mets "overused" Feliciano, who appeared in 266 games over the last three seasons.
"I think at some points they just left me there with no reason," Feliciano said. "But I want to pitch. I want to be in there. That's what I like to do. And I think I was fine always. I never felt sore or anything. I always felt good.'"
The reliever says Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen hurt his feelings by saying concern over his number of appearances was the reason the Mets did not re-sign him after the 2010 season.
"I feel hurt a little by that," Feliciano said. "I didn't sign with them because they offered me one year. But me and my agent, we wanted a multiyear. Two or more years and they just gave me one. That's why I'm not a Met right now."
Feliciano pitched four innings in spring training before being shut down on March 22.
"They said they didn't sign me because [they knew] I'm going to blow up this year," Feliciano said. "That hurts because I like Dan. But I will come out from this injury and I will be telling him there is still a lot of Feliciano to go."
Via Wallace Matthews/ESPN.com
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