Aardsma hopeful he'll be in Yanks' bullpen

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees right-hander David Aardsma pitched a scoreless inning in an intrasquad game on Wednesday and hopes that he has shown enough to lock up a roster spot in the bullpen.

"There's a great opportunity here," Aardsma said. "I think we're going to have a lot better team than people are expecting. I think we've got a good core group of guys and we've got a good bullpen. To have a chance to be a part of that is going to be special."

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Aardsma has bounced back from a groin injury earlier in camp, but he is not ready to lock in any roster decisions. Aardsma has a 3.86 ERA in seven spring innings.

"We're going to talk about our bullpen and our rotation and how it fits," said Girardi, who added that having both Ivan Nova and David Phelps on the staff could impact decisions. "That changes things, so we'll have to see what we do."

Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said that Aardsma is "behind a little bit" in building his arm strength, but added that "it's starting to come now."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.