There's no timetable set for the return of Seattle Mariners closer David Aardsma, but doing the math - without a setback - would bring him back to the bullpen late in next homestand.
If not then, almost certainly during the final trip of April through Detroit and Boston.
Aardsma threw a 40-pitch bullpen – OK, 41 pitches – on Saturday, throwing fastballs, forkballs and sliders, and felt “great.”
“I snuck in an extra pitch when no one was paying attention,” he said.
That’s five bullpen sessions for Aardsma, who is ready to try something else. The Mariners are ready to let him.
“I’m going to throw a simulated inning on Tuesday,” he said.
And then what?
“If I can get a good two outings and then back-to-back innings, at that point I’d feel really comfortable,’ Aardsma said.
Forecasting that scenario, it’s possible Aardsma could do all that midway through the Oakland series that begins in Safeco Field on April 21.
How did Tom Wilhelmsen handle being hit hard in his second big-league game, his first appearance in Safeco Field?
Put it this way – he hadn’t forgotten a mammoth three-run home run he allowed to Travis Hafner.
“I put it right on his sweet spot, and he’ll never seen another one like it from me,” Wilhelmsen said. “If I put that pitch anywhere else, he probably only hits it in this zip code. “
The Indians have two former Mariners prospects and one ex-Seattle role player in their starting lineup, and those prospects have panned out.
Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera were highly thought of in the Mariners’ farm system, then were traded to Cleveland in separate deals for Ben Broussard and Eduardo Perez.
Jack Hannahan was a Seattle reserve who found his way to Cleveland as a minor-league free agent and is, for now, the starting third baseman.
Before the game, Choo and manager Eric Wedge shook hands, and Choo says he will always be grateful to Wedge, the first manager to give him a chance to play regularly.
Jamey Wright isn’t taking it too seriously, but after 12 consecutive scoreless innings in spring training helped him win a job in the Seattle bullpen, he has been just as sharp in the regular season. Wright has faced 11 batters and retired 10 of them, not allowing a run in 3 innings of relief. ... Wedge said he’ll likely give catcher Chris Gimenez a start today, giving Miguel Olivo a break after catching the night game Saturday. ... Add Gimenez: He carries six gloves in his equipment bag – two catchers mitts, two outfield gloves, one infield glove and one first baseman’s glove. “You don’t want to be called on and not have the right glove,” he said. ... When will Jack Wilson play second base again for Wedge? “When I feel like we’re to the point we can count on him, he’ll be back in there,” Wedge said
Seattle hosts Cleveland today in a 1:10 p.m. game on ROOT. Probable starting pitchers: Josh Tomlin (1-0, 1.29 ERA) vs. Seattle’s Erik Bedard (0-1, 5.40).