Report: Pettitte off to KC after sim game

The ever-changing Curtis Granderson
Two former Bronx icons near the end of the line

Andy Pettitte took a big step toward his return to the Bronx today. According to Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record, Pettitte is heading to Kansas City to meet the Yankees after throwing a three-inning simulated game in Tampa. His sim game had been postponed yesterday after the lefty started complaining of hip flexor pain.

Although Pettitte will be with the Yankees tonight, he probably won’t be activated for another ten days. The Yankees would like to get him a rehab start on Wednesday in Trenton, and then Pettitte would take Dustin Moseley’s start on the 23rd in Toronto. Pettitte went on the DL after his July 18th start, and getting him back at the start of the stretch drive will do wonders for the team’s pitching staff.

The ever-changing Curtis Granderson
Two former Bronx icons near the end of the line
  • Brian in NH

    Exciting! Also would like to see Moseley hang around to spell some guys on spot starts. i think he’s earned it and if the org truly wants to keep something close to the 175 innings limit for Hughes this year without shutting him down or having an Aceves or Mitre caddy after 3 innings they will need him.

    • Benjamin Kabak

      That’s probably what they’ll do. I’d imagine that they’ll go with a modified six-man rotation where Moseley, as long as he’s effective, will spell Vazquez and Hughes down the stretch.

  • AndrewYF

    Man, all it takes is a slight groin tweak to put a guy on the DL for over a month.

    Makes you appreciate how incredible a guy like Sabathia is. And Vazquez, too. I can’t remember the last time either of them hit the DL. Have they ever?

    • mike c

      vazquez did hide an injury in 2004 which explains his poor performace in the second half.. CC is a beast, it’s going to take a lot to take him down

      • Chris

        Did he hide the injury or was he tough and pitched through an injury?

        • radnom

          There is a huge difference – and not just in public perception.

          “and really the only time in my career, that I felt my arm wasn’t where it’s supposed to be. I started getting treatment a little later than I should have. I never said anything. That might have been my mistake, I never said anything.”

          That is bad.
          Had he kept the Yankees up to date 100% on his health, asked to keep pitching every day and they let him and his still suck then yes, you can say he was tough and played through the pain. But when you hide and injury you put your own desire to play above the team’s needs.

  • thurdonpaul

    thats great news. Ben, did you tell Bexy yet ? She can breath normal again :)

  • CountryClub

    Have to wait until we see what he feels like tomorrow. But for now…Hell Yeah!!

  • j_Yankees

    This is good news no doubt.

  • dc1874

    rather see mitre go..mosely long man/spot starter..keep gaudin..better than mitre…

    • Tom Zig

      I’d rather keep Mitre over Gaudin. Gaudin is not better than Mitre.

  • UncleArgyle

    Nice. Of course if Mosley keeps pitching well it will be awfully hard to take him out of the rotation. I assume Mosley’s lack of fastball will eventually make his relagation to the bullpen obvious….but I remember thinking that about Shaun Chacon and Aaron Small once upon a time and those two combined to go 17-4 with a sub 3 ERA one year.

  • bexarama

    Fantastic news to come home to!!!! :D :D :D

    • CS Yankee

      Were you in tampa as well?

      • bexarama

        Heh, no.

  • Kit

    Awesome news. I’m glad to hear Andy didn’t actually have a major set back and could pitch his simulated game today.

  • bexarama