Sunday, February 24, 2013

Mets Reliever Pedro Feliciano will be shut down for two weeks


Mets LHP Pedro Feliciano will be shut down for at least two weeks from baseball activity while he wears a heart monitor to investigate what has been labeled a potentially serious heart condition, general manager Sandy Alderson said Sunday morning.

Alderson said it's still unclear whether Feliciano has a "hole" in his heart. The GM added that doctors are still seeking to determine if that's the case.

Health concerns are the priority, but being idle for at least the next two weeks also is a blow to Feliciano joining Josh Edgin as the second left-hander in the bullpen. If Feliciano does not make the Opening Day roster, the Mets could carry only one left-hander in the bullpen. Otherwise, Scott Rice, Darin Gorski, Robert Carson and Aaron Laffey would be considerations.

"The doctors have asked that he be monitored over the next couple of weeks," Alderson said. "And so he will be hooked up to a telemeter and monitored over the next two weeks. Until that time, we won't really have a diagnosis. With respect to his comment that he has a hole in his heart, I don't think that's clear at this point. I think that what we need to do is wait over the next couple of weeks, until there's a final diagnosis. At this point we don't have a diagnosis, per se. And so it's a little preliminary.

"In the meantime, however, while he's beeing monitored, he will not be involved in any baseball activity."
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