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David Aardsma could join Yankees tomorrow

Sep 24, 2012, 7:29 PM EDT

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David Aardsma hasn’t thrown a pitch in the major leagues since September 19, 2010. But that could change in the next few days.

After spending the past 14 months rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, Aardsma told Erik Boland of the New York Daily News this afternoon that he expects to be activated by the Yankees tomorrow.

Aardsma posted a 2.90 ERA while saving 69 games in 78 chances for the Mariners between 2009-2010, but he began last season on the disabled list following hip surgery and eventually required Tommy John surgery in July. The 30-year-old right-hander was then non-tendered by the Mariners before signing a one-year, $500,000 contract with the Yankees in February. He was originally aiming to return around mid-season, but his timetable was pushed back a bit following a setback in June.

The Yankees are in the middle of a pennant race, so it’s highly unlikely that Aardsma will get more than a couple of appearances in lower-leverage situations, but he could show enough for the club to pick up his option for 2013.

  1. bigharold - Sep 24, 2012 at 8:12 PM

    The Yankees already have one guy coming back from TJ surgery. Since Chamberlain is starting to look like his command is getting better I think this falls in the category of 2013.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 24, 2012 at 9:44 PM

      Can’t hurt to add another arm to the BP. Logan/Robertson/Soriano have thrown a ton of innings this year. Would also help if the Yanks could win a huge blowout once or twice over the next 9 games.

  2. mazblast - Sep 24, 2012 at 9:48 PM

    This is news only because he’s a YANKEE (face The Bronx and bow).

    • uyf1950 - Sep 24, 2012 at 11:10 PM

      And I suppose the only reason you commented was because he is a Yankee. Have a good day. BTW, for the fans of most other teams the Bronx is due East.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Sep 25, 2012 at 2:07 AM

      maybe someday in like 45 years when the pirates make the playoffs again someone will actually write about them, until then you are stuck in 1960 for the rest of your life

  3. uyf1950 - Sep 24, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Any and all arms are welcome in the Yankees bullpen. They all have had a lot of work these past several weeks.

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