New York Yankees release David Aardsma

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The New York Yankees have release right-handed reliever David Aardsma.

The New York Yankees have released right-handed reliever David Aardsma, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

Aardsma was designated for assignment of Friday. When the announcement was made that the Yankees had DFA'd the veteran, manager Joe Girardi told reporters that the team didn't feel the veteran could provide distance out of the bullpen. He added that Aardsma "didn't really fit" with New York.

Aardsma signed a minor league contract with the Yankees last offseason. He was coming off of Tommy John surgery spent most of last season recovering. He appeared in three games in the minors and one for the Yankees last year.

Despite returning from the significant arm injury, Aardsma has looked healthy this spring. Over eight appearances the 31-year-old maintained an ERA of 3.52 with seven strikeouts and two walks over 7 2/3 innings.

Over parts of seven seasons in the majors, Aardsma owns a career ERA of 4.22 with 69 saves and a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 1.79.

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