Yankees reliever David Aardsma, who has been on the DL all season while recovering from Tommy John Surgery, made just his second appearance of the season on Saturday night. He pitched two innings, struck out three, walked none, and gave up two hits and afterward said he was feeling just fine.
“I’m very happy with the second inning,” Aardsma told Mark Didtler of Newsday. “That was going to be the big question for me, throwing that second inning. I felt the ball was still coming out good and I was able to control my pitches. That’s all you want.”
“Absolutely, another step forward,” said Aardsma. “I’m very happy with it.”
Yankees GM Brian Cashman confirmed earlier in the week Aardsma will be called up about a day or two after his 30 rehab period is over so expect him back on the team by July 20th with no setbacks.
Joba Chamberlain is also close to coming back too. He threw his second bullpen session this week and is expected to face live batters for the first time since last season on Monday. The Yankees will evaluate him when they head to Tampa to face the Rays next week.