David Aardsma to begin minor league rehab stint tomorrow


David Aardsma confirmed on Twitter that he will begin a minor league rehab stint with the Rookie Level Gulf Coast League Yankees tomorrow. Over the weekend we heard that the right-hander was likely to return to game action this weekend. Aardsma has not pitched in a game since September 2010 after having surgery to repair a torn labrum in his hip last January and Tommy John surgery last July. He’ll officially start his 30-day rehab clock tomorrow and be on pace for a mid-July return.

Categories : Asides, Injuries


  1. Larch says:

    I’m not sure where he fits in the pen. Is it wrong to prefer a functioning Eppley over a rusty Aardsma?

    • 28 this year says:

      I think Aardsma is a pretty valuable addition especially if they can get him up to form. He’s a good reliever and giving him a chance is a definite asset. Also, we don’t know Eppley will be functioning in another month. He’s not exactly a guy with any track record of success.

    • Smart Guy says:

      he can also take over freddy garcia

      • Havok9120 says:

        You’re really determined to not have a long man in the bullpen aren’t you?

        • BK2ATL says:

          Not sure why people are hating on Fredy, but it’s par for the course around her. He is still a very valuable piece to the team. We just haven’t needed him much lately, which is great. Just means that the starting rotation is giving us quality starting pitching with length.

          He’ll come in handy in July and August when teams are scrambling for another starter, and we’ll be set with Sweaty Fredy and Phelps to hold us over in case of a double-header or a minor injury in which one of our starters go down. He’ll be ready to go, when called upon. True professional.

        • Smart Guy says:

          longman is as stupid as 7 inning guy , if you arent a starter you are a reliever, and if you are a reliever you relieve

          • Crime Dog says:

            What does this even mean

          • Steve (different one) says:

            Not analogous at all. A long reliever is a real thing. We can argue if THIS team needs one, that is fine, but a guy who can go 3-5 innings out of the pen or make a spot start has value to many teams. Remember Mendoza? Or Aceves?

            Yes, it would be nice if relievers weren’t so specialized and any of them could be called on to go several innings at a clip, but that’s not the current reality.

        • Robinson Tilapia says:

          Wait, though……I actually agree with him. I’d rather have a series of solid, moveable parts than a guy that just pitches during blowouts. I think the proper order of things should be Freddy gets DFAed for Aardsma, Eppley rides the shuttle if/when we actually see Joba this season. Eppley simply has more of a role right now.

  2. Smart Guy says:

    also Joba has options, if hes going to rot in the bullpen or take someones spot thats deserving he should stay in AAA as a starter

    whos with me?

    you all are thATS GREAT!

    Joba to the rotation 2013!

  3. JJ88 says:

    If Girardi’s as careful with him as he’s being with Robertson it won’t matter anyway – Aardsma will be lucky to get in any games.

    • Havok9120 says:

      ….he’s been back for 3 games. Good Lord.

    • Steve (different one) says:

      God forbid he be cautious with one of the best relievers in baseball coming back from an injury that is easy to re-aggrevate.

    • Ted Nelson says:

      1 IP every 3 Gs would be over 50 IP on the season…

      There’s also the fact that Girardi, you know, actually gets to talk to Robertson… so it might be Robertson who told Girardi he needs a night off. Or it might have been a doctor. Just ignorantly placing blame is an odd thing to do. And is there any blame to be placed? He got one night off and then there was only 1 relief inning to go around the next night.

  4. YooBoo says:

    Once Aardsma is healthy and handling a baseball then he will replace Eppley in July regardless of how hot Eppley has been.

    DFA Brandon Laird as I highly doubt any team will claim him. Outright him back to Scanton.

    That way Yanks do not lose anyone. If Aardsma does not work out then Chamberlain takes his spot. Easy.

  5. Greg says:

    someone will get injured between now and then. it’s just happens.

  6. yooboo says:

    Wade does not have any options left. Is that right?

    2008- started MLB servie
    2009- demoted.
    2010- 21 games in AAA then out of season.
    2011- Rays then Yanks minor league contract.

  7. Robinson Tilapia says:

    I think Freddy should go for Aardsma. I value a series of versatile, moveable parts than a long man. Eppley has carved himself a role on the team.

    If Eppley rides the shuttle again, it’s because Joba actually returned early and he’s making a temporary AAA pitstop before 9/1.

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