JUPITER, Fla. (AP) — David Aardsma tweeted about Jhonny Peralta, drug penalties and rich contracts during the offseason.
On his first day in the St. Louis clubhouse, Aardsma made it a point to speak with the Cardinals shortstop — who also happens to be a new teammate.
"I really wanted to talk to him and find out who he is and really find out about him," Aardsma said Wednesday. "I probably got a little out there before knowing somebody and judging somebody."
The Cardinals signed Aardsma to a minor league contract, hoping the veteran can fill the team's final bullpen spot.
Over the winter, St. Louis signed Peralta to a $53 million, four-year deal. The two-time All-Star became a free agent shortly after finishing a 50-game suspension in the Biogenesis scandal.
The Peralta pact prompted Aardsma to tweet: "Apparently getting suspended for PED's means you get a raise. What's stopping anyone from doing it?"
Aardsma walked back those words after talking with Peralta, saying the tweet was a knee-jerk reaction and that it's the job of the players' union to make the rules and judge the outcome.
"I'm not the judge, I'm not the jury and I shouldn't be the executioner, either," Aardsma said.
Despite having played against Peralta many times, Aardsma said the two had never spoken. He apologized to Peralta for tweeting without knowing him personally.
"(Peralta) seemed like he was very receptive and seemed like he listened and seemed like he had a great response," Aardsma said.
The Cardinals have spent much of spring searching for their final bullpen arm. The 32-year-old Aardsma likely leaps to the front of a list of candidates that includes Kevin Butler, Scott McGregor and Jorge Rondon.