David Aardsma won’t be ready for Opening Day after surgery

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When the Mariners announced last month that David Aardsma needed hip surgery they initially expressed optimism that he’d be ready for Opening Day, but yesterday trainer Rick Griffin pushed back the closer’s recovery timetable a bit.

According to Griffin he likely won’t be cleared to pitch in games until at least the second week of April, which means he’ll miss all of spring training and suggests Aardsma will require a minor-league rehab assignment to face live hitters before rejoining the Mariners’ bullpen.

Seattle had been trying to trade Aardsma prior to the discovery of a torn labrum in his hip, but the surgery and pushed-back recovery timetable likely takes him off the market until at least June even if he avoids setbacks.

Yankees acquire A.J. Cole from the Nats

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The New York Yankees have acquired reliever A.J. Cole from the Washington Nationals for cash considerations.

Cole was supposed to be the Nats’ fifth starter this year but that didn’t work out too well. He pitched in four games for the Nats, starting two, to the tune of a 13.06 ERA, having given up six home runs in 10.1 innings. That’s . . . something.

Don’t get too used to Cole on the New York roster, as this seems like one of those “give us an arm” for a couple of days deals, after which Cole will be DFA’d and will either accept an assignment to Scranton or be cut loose. Such is life at the fringes for a guy who is out of minor league options.