Aardsma A-OK after scare; Griffey No. 1

Good news from the medical front today as closer David Aardsma said the “tightness” he felt in his right groin area while throwing his final pitch on Thursday is nothing serious.

“Honestly, other than a little tightness I wouldn’t have thought there was anything wrong,” he told reporters this morning. “It was a little tight while I was throwing, but we did all the tests today and everything is fine. There was never a pop or anything like that, never any pain.”

Aardsma pitched the third inning of Thursday afternoon’s Cactus League game against the Padres, faced three batters, walking one of them, and walked off the field into the dugout and then to the trainer’s room at the Peoria Sports Complex.

He will miss his next outing, but should be ready to go sometime next week.

Aardsma admitted that the tightness “scared” him because a groin pull two years ago when he was with the Red Sox put him on the 15-day disabled list twice.

In other tidbits this fine, sunny A.M. in the desert, Ken Griffey Jr. was in a good mood — as usual. His family arrived from Florida and oldest son, Trey, was in uniform. He is bigger, and faster, than his dad.

Griffey was carrying around a Mariners practice jersey with the number “1” on it, headed for manager Don Wakamatsu’s office.

“Girardi is wearing No. 28 this year, which would be (the Yankees’ 28th World Series championship), so we’re giving skip No. 1,” he said.

No dice. Wak is sticking with No. 22.

We’re waiting for the simulated game on Field 3, featuring ace right-hander Felix Hernandez (one inning) and left-hander Cliff Lee (two innings).

With any luck, there will be a non-simulated story coming out of it.

— Jim Street

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