David Aardsma hasn't thrown a baseball from a standing position since December, in part because following hip surgery he hasn't done much standing - at least without his crutches.
He's been in Mariners camp all week, working his way through a long rehabilitation that will likely keep him from pitching competitivly before April. That doesn't mean he hasn't missed the camraderie of a bullpen session with teammates.
Today, Aardsma was carted down the field from the clubhouse, got out and used his crutches to tour the field, then get into the bullpen when pitching mates - five at a time - threw their sessions.
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All Aardsma could do was hitch himself up to a good seat, prop his crutches beside him and watch. Oh, and before long he was chewing his nails in frustration.
Spring training lasts a long time. When you're hurt, it seems eternal.