It’s been two seasons since David Aardsma last threw a pitch in the major leagues on September 19, 2010 as a member of the Seattle Mariners. However, Newsday’s Erik Boland reports that Aardsma has caught up with his new teammates on the Yankees in Minnesota and expects to be activated from the 60-day disabled list today.
The former Mariner recorded a 2.90 ERA and saved 69 games in 78 chances for the club between 2009 and 2010. After being injured to start the 2011 season, Aardsma would eventually require Tommy John in July. Aardsma has spent most of the 2012 season in Tampa rehabbing at the Yankees’ complex, though he did join the Double-A Trenton Thunder for a few appearances during their playoff run.
I had seen Aardsma pitch a couple of times with the Thunder. He looked plenty rusty, and often had trouble retiring Double-A hitters, especially early in the inning. Right now, it’s fair to say that Aardsma won’t see any key situations in the Yankees bullpen, and that he is more or less pitching for the Yankees to pick up his team option for 2013.
Aardsma, 30, signed a one-year, $500,000 contract with the Yankees in February.