Flushing, NY – The New York Mets have added pitcher David Aardsma to the major league roster.
Aardsma was signed to a minor league contract on May 20 and compiled a 1.13 ERA with three saves in eight games for Triple-A Las Vegas. He struck out 11 and walked seven in eight innings.
The 31-year-old right-hander is with his third organization this year after making one appearance with the New York Yankees in 2012 following a recovery from elbow ligament replacement surgery.
After being designated for assignment by the Yankees in March, Aardsma joined Miami's Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans. He went 1-0 with a 2.57 ERA in 10 games before being released by the Marlins on May 15.
Prior to the procedure that wiped out his 2011 season, Aardsma served as the Seattle Mariners' closer for two years. The Rice product complied 38 saves in 2009 and 31 the next year.
Aardsma, who came into Saturday's game against the Marlins with a 13-15 mark and a 4.22 ERA in 255 career relief appearances,has also pitched for the Giants, Cubs, White Sox and Red Sox. Aardsma pitched one inning in relief Saturday in New York's 2-1 loss in 20 innings.
The Mets created a vacancy on the 40-man roster by transferring pitcher Jeurys Familia to the 60-day disabled list and optioned pitcher Collin McHugh to Las Vegas to open a spot on the 25-man roster.
McHugh was 0-1 with a 10.29 ERA in three games, including one start, for the Mets.