Recovered from hip surgery, David Aardsma now has a sprained elbow ligament

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David Aardsma has struggled mightily at Triple-A while on a rehab assignment for his offseason hip surgery, allowing seven runs in four innings, and now he’s been diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow.

He’s scheduled to get a second opinion from Dr. Lewis Yocum, who is probably second to only Dr. James Andrews when it comes to names you don’t want attached to stories about pitchers.

Or as Larry Stone of the Seattle Times put it: “Not good news.”

Brandon League has thrived as Seattle’s closer in Aardsma’s absence, converting 9-of-9 save chances with a 3.77 ERA and 12/2 K/BB ratio in 14 innings, but dating all the way back to the middle of last season the Mariners had been hoping to get some value for Aardsma via trade. Now he might be out until 2012.

Twins sign Michael Pineda to a two-year deal

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The Twins just announced that they have signed pitcher Michael Pineda to a two-year contract.

Pineda, 28, has a 4.05 career ERA and has struck out 9.1 batters per nine innings over 680 career major league innings.

Pineda underwent Tommy John surgery this past July, so the Twins are buying a 2018 filled mostly with rehab and a pitcher for 2019. As such, the deal is probably not too taxing financially, but could pay off pretty well for them if Pineda comes back strong.