Aardsma had the surgery last July so he’s about 11 months out now or about the time when pitchers start returning to action. In his latest update on Twitter, he said that he felt great after throwing all fastballs in a 20-pitch bullpen session. Next Aardsma has to begin throwing breaking balls and then it won’t be too long until he starts getting into some rehab games.
Realistically, Aardsma seems on tract to return around the All-Star break next month. That has always been the soft deadline for his return, but being that it’s barely over a month away it is exciting. The Yankees bullpen has had three major injuries this season so getting Aardsma will be huge and if he’s effective enough it could keep them from needing to acquire a reliever in a trade.