Pedro Feliciano OK'd to return

Updated: February 28, 2013, 4:05 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- New York Mets left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano has been cleared to resume baseball activities while he wears a heart monitor for a two-week period, general manager Sandy Alderson told ESPNNewYork.com on Thursday.

Feliciano underwent follow-up testing Wednesday and was not in camp. His initial spring training physical had been flagged because of an irregular heartbeat. He subsequently was told he may have a small "hole" in the exterior of his heart, the pitcher said.

Feliciano visited the Minneapolis Heart Institute Clinic at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, where he had the following tests performed: electrocardiograph, echocardiogram and a cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

According to test results, Feliciano has a rare genetic condition called left ventricular noncompaction. It results from the failure of myocardial development during embryogenesis (from birth).

"I am ready to return to spring training with my team," said Feliciano in a press release sent by his representation firm MDR Sports Management. "I will attend my ailment that was discovered during a routine checkup and not because of pain, but 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."

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

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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