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January 10, 2011 at 8:06 AM

David Aardsma says he’ll still begin throwing again in three weeks

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Good morning to all of you and congrats to Times baseball-writing colleague Larry Stone, who has been selected as Washington State Sportswriter of the Year by NSSA voting members. Larry becomes one of a handful of Times writers to win the award, including columnist Steve Kelley and Bud Withers.
Caught up with David Aardsma by phone yesterday, during halftime of the second football game, and he told me he’s still in Vail, Colo. doing rehabilitation work after hip surgery this time last week. Aardsma is looking forward to getting back home to Arizona, but said the doctors like to keep patients around for observation after such surgeries, so they want them to stick around to begin the rehibilitation process.
“It was a bit more extensive,” he said of the surgery, compared to what was originally expected. “But my goal is still Day 1 and they say that’s not unreasonable.”
He added: “When you take an MRI and then, when they get in there, they don’t really know what they’re going to find until they do the surgery.
“In the process, it was just a little bit more torn than they thought.”
Aardsma is keeping his fingers crossed.


He knows that how he does in spring training will determine whether he starts the season on time, or comes in a few weeks late.
“They expect me to still be throwing on the same four-week timeframe,” he said. “That is, four weeks after the surgery, I can throw. It won’t be a bullpen session, or to live hitters or anything like that. But it’s still throwing and that’s important.”
Spring training opens for pitchers and catchers on Feb. 13 — about 10 days after Aardsma expects to get the throwing go-ahead.
From there, he figures he has some time to round into game shape. Even if he doesn’t take the mound in any Cactus League games right away, he could still get his arm ready in a few weeks.
“I’m just going to do what I can to get ready and hope for the best,” he said.

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