Yankees designate RHP David Aardsma for assignment

03/29/2013 5:35 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

David Aardsma made one appearance for the Yankees in 2012. (AP)
The New York Yankees have designated RHP David Aardsma for assignment.

The team announced Aardsma’s fate immediately following Friday’s game against the Nationals in Washington, D.C., with manager Joe Girardi telling the media that Aardsma “didn’t really fit” in the bullpen and citing his lack of ability to give the team length if needed.

Aardsma, 31, had Tommy John surgery in 2011, and missed all of that season and most of 2012 while rehabbing. He was signed last February to a one-year deal with an option for 2013 in a move GM Brian Cashman said at the time was made more with an eye towards this year, and the righty made one appearance out of the Yankees bullpen last September.

Prior to his injury, Aardsma spent 2009 and 2010 as Seattle’s closer, recording 69 saves over those two seasons, and is 13-15 with a 4.22 ERA and those 69 saves in part of seven seasons with the Giants, Cubs, White Sox, Red Sox, Mariners, and Yankees.

The Yankees will now have 10 days to trade or release Aardsma or attempt to outright him to the Minor Leagues, and the move opens up a spot on the 40-man roster.

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