David Aardsma was rehabbing from his Tommy John Surgery wonderfully and it appeared that he would be joining the Yankees sometime within the next two or three weeks. Unfortunately that no longer looks possible as Aardsma felt pain in his surgically repaired elbow and has been shutdown.
“His body basically said, ‘No, no. Too fast,’ ” Brian Cashman explained to Erik Boland of Newsday. “He felt some pain in the medial area [of the elbow]. It happens. So we’re going to back off.”
“I suspect we’ll see him this year,” Cashman said. “But not on July 19.”
Aardsma probably won’t do much of anything for the next week or two before slowly getting back into rehab mode. Expect him to start from scratch, a few bullpen sessions, maybe one BP, and then back to rehab games. It seems like mid-August may be a more realistic time frame to expect him back.
Cashman added that he signed Aardsma with next season in mind and never really counted on him pitching much this year anyway.