After missing practically the entire two years of his contract with the Yankees due to shoulder problems it looked like Pedro Feliciano might actually pitch this season until an ankle injury knocked him out for good, but the Yankees may still get some relief in the form of David Aardsma, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.
At one point Aardsma, who is recovering from Tommy John Surgery, was expected back around the All-Star break, but suffered a setback in his pitching elbow. It looked to be season ending, but he began to rehab again about a month ago and has been pitching and feeling well lately.
In five rehab appearances he has a 2.70 ERA, eight strikeouts, and three walks in 6.2 innings of work. As we saw with Joba Chamberlain, Aardsma will surely be rusty after sitting out for so long. But Joba is coming around slowly so there is a small, very small, chance that Aardsma could actually pitch well enough to make the playoff roster.
In reality, Aardsma would probably pitch in very low leverage situations if at all and won’t make the playoff roster. However, mentally it could be a big boost for him to just get that first game out of the way this season. Then he could go into next season without that on his mind and just go out and pitch. It might not seem like much, but it could mean a big difference to the 2013 Yankees.