Aardsma awaiting results of MRI on forearm

Aardsma awaiting results of MRI on forearm

Aardsma awaiting results of MRI on forearm
SEATTLE -- Mariners closer David Aardsma continues to be on hold as the club awaits final word on the MRI done on his right forearm Friday.

Aardsma is on the 15-day disabled list as he returns from hip surgery in January, but his Minor League rehab stint was halted after five appearances with Triple-A Tacoma when he felt soreness in his throwing arm.

"Right now, we're just evaluating the MRI," manager Eric Wedge said Sunday. "They're looking at it right now. The weekend doesn't help us, but hopefully we'll have something tomorrow."

Aardsma, 29, said the arm just started feeling tight last week, and the decision was made to back off until some answers were forthcoming.

And, yeah, after all he's been through to come back from the hip labrum surgery that wiped out his Spring Training, he's not happy about any new problems popping up now.

"I'm absolutely frustrated. How can I not be?" Aardsma said. "I've worked so hard and you come back from the leg stuff and everything is going great, then you have a setback. You have to be frustrated."

Aardsma isn't the only one struggling to return, however. Center fielder Franklin Gutierrez, attempting to return from lingering stomach issues, was held out of Sunday's game in Tacoma after coming down with a flu-like illness.

Wedge said he'll likely be held out Monday as well, then travel with the Rainiers on their upcoming road trip to Oklahoma City and New Orleans, where better weather should help allow him to play more after some difficult days in Tacoma this past week.