Pettitte eying quick return to the mound


After watching Sergio Mitre get smacked around for seven runs — five earned — in 4.1 innings against the Royals, any news about a better starter is welcome, and progress from the injured Andy Pettitte is even better. Well, consider this good news then: Pettitte says his groin is feeling good, and he could return sooner than expected. The lefty played catch for five minutes at 60 feet today and reported no problems. He’ll fly to Tampa on Monday to continue his rehab. “I feel good. I’m not having any problems at all,” he said. “They told me to take it day-by-day. As soon as I can start long tossing, that’ll be great, because I can keep my arm strength up.”

Pettitte, 11-2 with a 2.88 ERA, is eligible to come off the disabled list on August 2, but the Yankees plan to be cautious with him. The team doesn’t want this problem to linger throughout the stretch drive, and Pettitte will probably make a rehab start before returning to the Bronx. “It’s one thing to walk around, it’s another thing to get off the mound and push. I’m very happy with the progress he’s making and that he feels good. I’ll feel a lot better when he starts throwing off the mound and says he doesn’t feel anything, because that’s where you’re going to exert yourself in that area,” Joe Girardi said. “Whatever it takes, when he comes back, I don’t want this to be a recurring problem.”

Categories : Asides, Injuries
  • steve (different one)

    wait, is it 3 starts or 4 that he’ll miss? that will influence the decision to trade fro Haren or not.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      It shouldn’t really. Acquiring Haren is a long-term move and one designed to help ease the fact that Phil Hughes has an innings limit this year.

      • steve (different one)

        Sorry, that was a joke. Not a very good one obviously.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Yeah, any starting pitcher we acquire this season would fill in for Andy initially and then replace Hughes in September when he hits his innings limits (or hits a wall and struggles).

        There might be a two to three week overlap where we have 6 pitchers for 5 slots, but that would probably prompt us to either delay Pettitte’s return or move up Hughes’s demotion.

        • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

          If the Yanks trade Joba for Haren, I’d expect Hughes to move into the bullpen the day Pettitte returns. That remains a big “if” though.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            More or less. But I could see us getting cutesy and skipping starts or using a 6-man rotation for a week or so.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Thanks, Bexy. The massages really helped my groin.

    Andy Pettitte

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama


  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    Feel better soon, buddy.

    • Salty Buggah

      He’s working so hard (Not a recent picture Btw) to get back for you, and all gets is a “buddy?”

      • Salty Buggah

        Damn, I fail. Meant to link this: http://i29.tinypic.com/30xfk3r.jpg

        • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

          Wow, he’s soaking wet. I’ll be in my… um, I mean I’ll be right here, no big deal. /family website’d

  • EndlessMike

    Didn’t Pettitte take HGH to get he’s elbow better?

    So I guess he’s giving a call to Clemens.

    • Salty Buggah

      His done HGH but not for he’s elbow…

      (Also, this is unrelated to Pettitte currently.)

    • http://yanksgoyard.com Andy_C_23

      Didn’t your sister used to give blowjobs for a nickel?

      • lenn23

        Worst nickel I ever spent.

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R.- Retire 21

    -Pettitte credited massage and rest for his rapid recovery.

    -Anytime your groin feels good it’s a win.

    -What does it say about Pettitte when a normal groin takes 5 weeks to heal, but his feels better after 1.

    -More groin jokes.

    I’m done.

  • Matt M.

    We do need Pettitte back as soon as he’s health, as Mitre’s performance indicated so clearly today.

    However, i’d almost discount whatever he says and leave it up to the initial diagnosis and the review of medical professionals. Andy is every bit of the whole, ‘gamer,’ ‘grit,’ ‘true yankee,’ ‘play the game the right way’ type ilk and he has been known to downplay injuries for the sake of going out every 5th day and being a gamer for the team. What was it two years ago we found out his lackluster performance down the stretch was caused by the fact that his arm was falling off?

    I just hope this isn’t emotional reactions coming from seeing Hughes and Mitre struggle in their most recent starts. With Arod and Texieria heating up, i’d prefer it if we took the safe side of things to ensure that Pettitte misses one extra start in August to ensure his effectiveness in September and October

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Generally, after the initial MRI, the medical professionals base their analysis on what Pettitte tells him.