OAKLAND, CA - APRIL 05: David Aardsma #53 of the Seattle Mariners pitches against the Oakland Athletics on Opening Day at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on April 5, 2010 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

David Aardsma To Rehab Elbow Ligament Sprain

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David Aardsma Elbow Injury Does Not Require Surgery

Earlier this week, Seattle Mariners closer David Aardsma was diagnosed with a grade 2 sprain of the UCL in his elbow. He was immediately shipped off to Los Angeles to meet with a certain Dr. Yocum, who would give him a second opinion and help decide where Aardsma will go from here. Would Aardsma need surgery, or would he try for rest and rehabilitation instead?

I'll let Aardsma give you the answer:

It was a good trip down to LA. Gonna rehab for a month and start throwing again after :)

So Aardsma will try to strengthen his elbow and get back on a throwing schedule in a month. There's no guarantee that he'll be able to avoid ligament replacement surgery in the future, but he's avoiding it for now, and may not need it at all. I don't know how effective the rehab route usually is, but it wouldn't be an option if it didn't work.

Aardsma's still out indefinitely and might not pitch this season, but given today's report, there is at least a chance. In the meantime, Brandon League will continue to serve as the Mariners' closer, despite his recent hiccups. Or recent projectile vomits, I guess, since hiccups are gentle and only mildly unpleasant.


David Aardsma Injury: UCL Sprain To Keep Reliever Out Indefinitely

Bad news for Seattle Mariners closer David Aardsma, who was making rehab appearances for Triple-A Tacoma, trying to get back to the majors after issues with his hip. After a couple of unfortunate outings in the minors, Aardsma had an MRI on his right arm, and it confirmed that something was going wrong with more than his hip. From Shannon Drayer:

David Aardsma has a grade 2 sprain of his ucl and will see Dr Yocum

Dr. Lewis Yocum will figure out what the best course of action is, but it's possible that Aardsma could need Tommy John surgery, though it's also possible to avoid surgery with rest and rehabilitation depending on the severity of the sprain.

The Mariners have been without Aardsma all season, turning to Brandon League with a lead in the ninth inning. League has done well so far, earning nine saves and sporting a 3.77 ERA in 14-2/3 innings. A return by Aardsma would have gone a long way towards strengthening the bullpen, even if all he did were push Chris Ray off the roster.

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