Aardsma walks a batter, throws scoreless inning in latest rehab outing

In his latest minor league rehab appearance with Double-A Trenton, right-hander David Aardsma walked a batter in an otherwise uneventful inning. The runner was thrown out trying to steal second and the other two outs came on fly balls. Ten of his 17 pitches were strikes.

Aardsma pitched last night, and this was the first time he appeared in back-to-back games as part of his rehab from Tommy John surgery. His 30-day rehab window expires on Wednesday and the minor league season will be over tomorrow no later than tomorrow, so it’ll be interesting to see what the Yankees do with him next week.

Aardsma throws scoreless inning in latest rehab outing

Right-hander David Aardsma threw a perfect inning in his latest minor league rehab game with Double-A Trenton tonight, striking out one and getting two ground balls. He topped out at 90 with the fastball and threw eight of 12 pitches for strikes. Aardsma’s been struggling since his late-June setback, so this is obviously his best outing of the second half. I still don’t think he’ll join the big league team before the season ends, but even if he does he’s unlikely to have any impact.

Aardsma escaped bases loaded jam in latest rehab outing

In his latest minor league rehab outing with Double-A Trenton, David Aardsma pitched out of a bases loaded jam and tossed up a scoreless inning. The first three batters of inning reached base on a walk, a single, and a another walk, but the right-hander struck out the fourth batter before getting a 4-6-3 double play. He threw just 15 of his 30 pitches for strikes.

I believe the plan is for Aardsma to pitch again in tomorrow night’s game, which would be the first back-to-back appearances of his rehab assignment. Don’t quote me on that though. Either way, Aardsma hasn’t pitched all that well during this last few weeks and it seems unlikely that the Yankees would activate him off the DL before the end of the season. If they do, I doubt he sees any meaningful innings.

Aardsma allows a run in latest minor league rehab outing

In his latest minor league rehab appearance, David Aardsma allowed a run on two hits and a wild pitch in one inning of work for Double-A Trenton. He didn’t walk or strike anyone out, throwing just 11 of 20 pitches were strikes. One of his outs was the fly ball, the other two a ground ball double play. Here’s video. Aardsma has been struggling during his latest rehab stint and remains unlikely to join the big league bullpen before season’s end.

Aardsma allows a run in latest minor league rehab outing

In his latest minor league rehab outing, David Aardsma allowed a run on three hits and a walk for Double-A Trenton. He did not strike anyone out and recorded two outs on ground balls. Sixteen of his 28 pitches were strikes (57%), and Mike Ashmore says he topped out at 90 with the fastball. Here’s video.

Aardsma, 30, hasn’t pitched well at all in his three rehab appearances following his late-June setback, so any chance of him joining the bullpen later this month has dwindled to essentially nothing. That’s not a surprise though, the Yankees have maintained that they didn’t expect him back this season at all. Aardsma was considered more of a 2013 piece from the start.

Aardsma allows four runs in latest minor league rehab outing

In his second minor league rehab outing following his late-June setback, right-hander David Aardsma allowed four runs (three earned) while recording two outs for Short Season Staten Island. He allowed a homer to first batter of the game, and the rest of the inning went single, single, reached on an error, double, pop-out, walk, strikeout swinging. The reliever who followed him stranded all three inherited runners.

Aardsma, 30, threw 27 total pitches and was hitting 89 mph early in the outing according to Pinstriped Prospects. Obviously it would be nice if he came out and dominated, but that’s not really the point. Joba Chamberlain tore up the minors during his rehab stint and look how that turned out. The important thing is that Aardsma is healthy and on his way towards being ready to contribute next year, just because time is running out for him to join the bullpen this season.

Rehab Updates: A-Rod, Pettitte, Nova, Aardsma

A-Rod and Luis Sojo. Peas in a pod. (UPI/Mike Theiler )

The Yankees have an awful lot of players due to come back from injury this month, so here’s the latest on their rehab work courtesy of Marc Carig and Meredith Marakovits

  • Alex Rodriguez (hand) will not play for High-A Tampa today after playing in two straight games, and will instead do a lot of work on the side. Joe Girardi indicated that it is very possible A-Rod will rejoin the team when they arrive in town to play the Rays tomorrow.
  • Andy Pettitte (leg) threw 35 pitches in the bullpen and felt good. The next step for him would be facing hitters in live batting practice, which I suppose could happen within a day or two. A simulated game and then a minor league rehab stint wouldn’t be too far behind if all goes well.
  • Ivan Nova (shoulder) threw a bullpen session as well, his first time since going on the DL about a week ago. Right now they’re just going to wait and see how his arm responds before determining the next step.
  • David Aardsma (elbow) will continue his rehab stint with Short Season Staten Island based on his Twitter feed. The High-A Tampa season ends today, but the SI Yanks play until Wednesday. After that, he could play in postseason games for the Triple-A or Double-A squads.

No update on Pedro Feliciano (shoulder), but he threw an inning for Staten Island on Friday and I suppose could do so again in the coming days. His 30-day rehab window expires on September 9th, so they have a week to determine if he’s big league ready.