Last week the Yankees designated David Aardsma for assignment and today they released the veteran reliever, which isn’t surprising after manager Joe Girardi said he “didn’t really fit” the team’s plans.
Aardsma hasn’t been healthy since 2010, as elbow and hip surgeries derailed what was a pretty solid two-season run as the Mariners’ closer. He’s logged a grand total of just 12 innings between the majors and minors since 2011, but Aardsma looked decent in a handful of spring training appearances last month.
New York is on the hook to pay him $500,000 after exercising a 2013 option on Aardsma back in November.
Athletics reliever Yusmeiro Petit found out his mother passed away on Monday prior to his team’s game against the Rangers, Martin Gallegos of The Mercury News reports. Petit decided to pitch anyway, turning 1 2/3 innings of scoreless baseball, limiting the Rangers to just one hit.
Manager Bob Melvin said, “I was amazed. Didn’t expect it.”
It’s admirable — though certainly not expected — when a player pitches shortly after suffering a personal loss. Some people like adhering to their routine while grieving.
Petit was added to the bereavement list on Tuesday. He will spend some time away from the team for the funeral. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Petit family.