Pedro Feliciano OK, awaits clearance

Updated: February 23, 2013, 4:15 PM ET
By Adam Rubin |

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Mets left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano has been diagnosed with a small "hole" in the exterior of his heart, the southpaw said Saturday morning upon returning to camp.

Feliciano said he feels fine, the issue is not life-threatening and surgery was not brought up as an option.

Feliciano, who said he had an irregular heartbeart, will wear a heart monitor for a few days. He has yet to be cleared to resume baseball activities.

Feliciano had been dispatched to New York for further testing after his initial physical was flagged. He underwent an MRI.

"They said they found out some little hole in my heart," Feliciano said. "I've never felt nothing in my heart, so it's surprising to me."

Feliciano, who is in camp on a minor league deal, said he was not alarmed. He said he had never previously been diagnosed with anything similar.

"No, no, no," he said. "They said everything was right, fine -- just there was a little hole outside the heart."

Manager Terry Collins said there is concern about the heart issue being serious.

"My understanding is he has a heart condition that could possibly be very serious. So that's why we're being very, very careful with him," Collins said. "Until we get further results on some of the tests he took in New York, he's not to be on the field."

Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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