Feliciano pitched a scoreless inning on Saturday for the Gulf Coast Yankees, the lefty reliever's third outing for the club, and manager Joe Girardi is hopeful that Feliciano will be able to see time at the big league level in September.
"I think that's why he's going through what he's going through," Girardi said. "If we didn't think he could help us, we wouldn't put him through this."
Feliciano has been sidelined since having a torn capsule in his pitching shoulder repaired. Feliciano made 344 relief appearances from 2007-10, marking an all-time record for appearances over a four-year stretch, and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman later remarked that the hurler had been "abused" by the Mets. His contract includes a $4.5 million club option for 2013, which the Yankees are likely to decline.