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.