While we thought that news of Pettitte’s trip to Kansas City was cause for celebration, the reality is a bit more sobering. According to Yankees manager Joe Girardi, Pettitte’s leg is not feeling up to par. The Yanks’ skipper said Pettitte threw 50 pitches today but could push off at only around 75 percent. “It didn’t go as well as we wanted,” Girardi said. Girardi later added that Pettitte “thinks it’s a setback.”
Pettitte will rejoin the team this weekend in Kansas City to get additional treatment on his groin and leg, and the Yanks will delay his rehab start until the injured area is feeling stronger. He won’t throw another sim game until at least Wednesday which pushes his return to August 28th at the earliest. For now, Dustin Moseley will keep his spot in the rotation, and Pettitte, who hasn’t pitched since July 18, will remain on the disabled list.