Jan 28, 2011, 1:11 PM EDT
When the Mariners announced last month that David Aardsma needed hip surgery they initially expressed optimism that he’d be ready for Opening Day, but yesterday trainer Rick Griffin pushed back the closer’s recovery timetable a bit.
According to Griffin he likely won’t be cleared to pitch in games until at least the second week of April, which means he’ll miss all of spring training and suggests Aardsma will require a minor-league rehab assignment to face live hitters before rejoining the Mariners’ bullpen.
Seattle had been trying to trade Aardsma prior to the discovery of a torn labrum in his hip, but the surgery and pushed-back recovery timetable likely takes him off the market until at least June even if he avoids setbacks.
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