Aardsma to appear in minor league rehab game tomorrow

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Right-hander David Aardsma will make a minor league rehab appearance with High-A Tampa tomorrow, he confirmed. The 30-year-old has been shut down since late-June after suffering a setback in his return from Tommy John and hip surgery. Depending on who you ask, he either will or won’t return to the big leagues this season. Alex Rodriguez will play in that game as well.

If we’ve learned anything from Joba Chamberlain this month, it’s that you can’t count on pitchers returning from elbow surgery to be productive right away. Command is usually the last thing to come back, and Aardsma wasn’t exactly Mariano Rivera in that department to begin with. The minor league regular season ends next week, though the Triple-A and Double-A affiliates have already clinched playoff spots. Any rehab assignments could continue there. If Aardsma can get healthy and actually join the bullpen when rosters expand next month, there’s really nothing for he or the team to lose.

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  • Robinson Tilapia

    See you at the start of the alphabet in 2013, David.

  • Rich in NJ

    Progress is good, so…

  • RetroRob

    With any luck, Aardsma and Feliciano will both make the postseason, and do so by pitching well. Zero expectations, though.

    I do wonder, though, if it’s actually harder for relievers to come back from TJS than starters. At the start of the year I might have wondered the opposite, figuring relievers don’t need quite the command of starters, especially a power pitcher like Joba and Aardsma. If command is the last thing to return, the 30+ innings that starters get might be more beneficial to regaining command, compared to a few more appearances as a reliever, but only eight or nine innings pitched.

    I really have no idea. My perception right now might be colored by how well Brett Anderson has done on his return.

  • http://www.twitter.com/matt__harris Matt :: Sec110

    He’s a pretty entertaining follow on twitter.

  • forensic

    Sorry, but nothing for the team to lose? Do games not count? As we’ve already seen joba contribute to putting them in losing position or extending deficits out of realistic reach, it should be clear that there is plenty for the team to lose at this juncture of the season.