David Aardsma began his rehab back in the middle of June and it appeared that the Yankees would get the former Mariners closer in their bullpen by the All-Star break. Unfortunately, a setback kept that from happening and now it has kept him from joining the Yankees at all this season.
“He is not close to returning,” Yankees VP of baseball operations Mark Newman told Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com.
This is troubling because Tommy John Surgery is typically a very successful surgery that players can come back from in 11-18 months and usually if it takes the full 18 months it is more about getting his stuff back and shaking off the rust than anything pysical. When players have physical setbacks like this it sometimes means that another surgery is possible.
Aardsma was signed to a $500K deal this season with a club option worth another $500K for next year. It seems likely that the Yankees will pick up that option since it is so cheap, but that is not guaranteed. All along Brian Cashman has suggested that this was a signing about next year so it seems likely that they would pick up the option, but that was before the setback. If he needs more than just rest to come back again then he might not be coming back in Pinstripes.