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David Aardsma puts off Tommy John surgery for rehab

May 13, 2011, 5:17 PM EDT

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Brandon League‘s three straight losses may have the Mariners thinking about making a change at closer, but they won’t be turning back to David Aardsma in the ninth inning any time soon.

Diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral elbow ligament earlier this week, Aardsma will be shut down for a month in an attempt to avoid undergoing Tommy John surgery.

Not immediately requiring surgery qualifies as good news, but as Geoff Baker of the Seattle Times writes “it’s going to be a long time before he’s ready to pitch again” and any setbacks would mean going under the knife still lingers as a down-the-road possibility.

  1. philosofly - May 14, 2011 at 2:16 AM

    David, what are you thinking? Obviously you’re thinking short term. Just bite the bullet and get Tommy John done before you mess your arm up worse. At least in 2 years you’ll have a chance to reclaim your old form with Tommy John! Dr. James Andrews is pretty damn good.

    • marinersnate - May 14, 2011 at 3:52 AM

      Agree. He is thinking short term.

      How bad did we need the DA this week? Brandon League? 4 losses? 3 blown saves? (Two in extras). This was flat out ugly. I wonder if our vaunted “GMZ” still thinks that Morrow for League (plus a bit of change) was a “good deal”. Uhg.

      Trust me, it is VERY hard to be a M’s fan when we don’t blow leads with our “closer” on the mound. This is far too ugly to describe.

      (But the bright side. At least no one tried to steal HOME, down one run, two outs, in the bottom of the eighth).

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