Yankees release David Aardsma, and other notes

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The Yankees have unconditionally released reliever David Aardsma which marks the second day in a row they have released a reliever who was expected to play a key role in their bullpen this year.

Aardsma has a career 4.22 ERA with a 9.1 K/9 and a 5.1 BB/9. He served as the Mariners closer from 2009 through 2010, but hip and elbow surgery derailed him. The Yankees picked him up before the 2012 season on a one-year, $500K deal with an option for another year and $500K.

The Yankees picked up that option during this past offseason, but despite a 3.52 ERA, 8.2 K/9, and 2.3 BB/9 in 7.2 Spring Training innings they elected to release him. Joe Girardi explained that part of the reason is because they thought that Shawn Kelley could be more versatile and give them more innings, but that doesn’t explain how Cody Eppley, who can’t pitch to lefties, beat him out for a spot.

It’s possible that the Yankees could re-sign him to a minor league deal and wait for a bit more 40-man roster flexibility before calling him up. It is hard to see him not getting a major league offer from another team though. He has a track record and wasn’t that bad in Spring Training.

• The Yankees that Derek Jeter will return by May 1. Even that may be optimistic though as he has not done anything besides long toss since his latest setback.

• Hiroki Kuroda is expected to make his next start. I would wait until after he throws his bullpen this week before getting too excited though.

• Take a look at the difference in Eduardo Nunez‘s throwing motion. He does have one error, but it was a fielding, not throwing, error. So far so good this season.

• Ty Hensley had hip surgery earlier in the week, but he’s already working out on a bike. Seems crazy that he’s doing that so soon after surgery, but it must be a good sign.

• Austin Aune is starting the season in extended spring training as he is transitioning from shortstop to the outfield.

• Remember, you can buy Yankees tickets and support Bronx Baseball Daily at the same time.

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