Aardsma throws breaking balls for first time since Tommy John surgery


Right-hander David Aardsma threw sliders yesterday for the first time since having Tommy John surgery last summer. It was part of a 35-pitch bullpen session and he remains on track to be available to the team in August sometime. Based on the typical rehab schedule, Aardsma is about four-to-six weeks away from facing hitters and about two months away from pitching in game conditions. Since he’s a reliever and won’t need to build his way back to 100+ pitches, his minor league rehab stint figures to be a little shorter than usual.

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. The Scheister of Doom says:

    He’s the future 2013 closer.

  2. Paul VuvuZuvella says:

    We could be calling this a brilliant signing in a few months.

  3. Robinson Tilapia says:

    The New York Yankees: We make our midseason acquisitions before the season even starts.

    • Havok9120 says:

      Are you back from your trip?

      • Robinson Tilapia says:

        Yup. Got in today.

        No clue if you ever plan on having kids but, wow, vacations and plane rides take on a whole new meaning now. It can all still be fun, but I am COOKED.

  4. vin says:

    I half-expected the headline to read:

    Aardsma threw breaking balls for first time since Tommy John surgery, then his arm fall off.

    • Havok9120 says:

      ….then his arm “pinwheeled over the left field fence.”


    • Robinson Tilapia says:

      “Robertson Has Stomach Removed”
      “Nova Rolls Ankle. Ankle Rolls All The Way Onto The Potomac.”
      “Rapada Gets Nasty Shit From Some Girl Named Destiny.”

  5. Ed in SF says:

    That Soriano signing is coming in kind of handy right about now…

    • Havok9120 says:

      Having the arm is, definitely.

    • bobtaco says:

      If Soriano racks up the saves this year with Mo out, how likely if he opts out after the season?

      Could this be a best of both worlds situation for the Yankees?

      Next year, if Mo, Joba and Aardsma come back healthy, Soriano would be completely superfluous…

  6. Jason W says:

    I wouldn’t expect too much from him this year. Control and command are usually pretty shaky when a pitcher first comes back from TJS, and Aardsma didn’t exactly have Rivera-like control pre-injury. He’s no savior. It was a deal made for 2013 . . . any great results this year would be a bonus, and a pretty big surprise.

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