For a while it looked like relief pitcher David Aardsma was going to pitch for the Yankees by the All-Star break, but unfortunately he suffered a setback and it appeared that his season was over.
Aardsma is throwing again though, he threw a 35-pitch batting practice session recently that included sliders, and it appears that there is a chance he can pitch this year after all. It’s still not a sure thing, but the fact that he’s throwing sliders already should be a sign that he is progressing well. Aardsma said on Twitter that if he is healthy then he will pitch in September. So it certainly sounds like he hasn’t ruled it out.
Like we’ve seen recently with Joba Chamberlain, there is a big difference between a pitcher coming back healthy and one coming back effective. It sounds like he might pitch again this year, but that doesn’t mean expectations should be high. For now, we should assume a shot at the playoff roster is out of the question.
Aardsma is recovering from both Tommy John Surgery in his elbow and hip surgery. He hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2010 for the Mariners when he had a 3.44 ERA, a 8.9 K/9, anda a 4.5 BB/9 over 49.2 innings.