Update: Pettitte’s x-ray shows good progress

Gardner may be able to rejoin Yankees in September
Sunday Night Open Thread

4:35pm: Following today’s game, Joe Girardi said the x-ray showed that the leg/ankle were healing well. “He’s better, he’s definitely better,” said manager Joe Girardi. Pettitte is still a ways off from getting back up on a mound, but this is obviously good news.

11:00am: Via Meredith Marakovits, left-hander Andy Pettitte will have his fractured left ankle x-rayed today to see how things are healing. He did say he’s feeling much better of late, so that’s good news. Andy suffered a bit of a setback about a week ago after doing a little too much work while the team was out in Oakland. Hopefully things are going well and he can return to the club in early-September — he’s going to need a few tune-up type starts before diving into a potential postseason series.

Gardner may be able to rejoin Yankees in September
Sunday Night Open Thread
  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Let’s hope for good news….

  • Kempire Strikes Back

    Good news. Andy will be key if the Yankees want to make a long playoff run.

  • RetroRob

    Judging by a comment from Cashman reported by Pa Sterling before the game, the set back from a week or so ago fortunately hasn’t changed Pettitte’s expected return date. That’s why they put him on the 60-day DL. The real question is when can he start throwing again to build up his arm and make a couple minor league starts.

    • Strat

      The important thing is going to be getting him some rehab starts before the minor leagues shut it down.

      • Scott

        Good point re the minors shutting down, but if Andy needs tune-up starts in September, can’t the Yanks pay 20 of their minor-leaguers to play both sides of a 6-inning simulated game once every 5 days?

        • Strat

          They could if necessary, I suppose. It’s not ideal, certainly. Hopefully that won’t be necessary.

  • Arya

    Encouraging news but I still don’t trust these doctors. They misdiagnosed Gardner initially, costing us months and months before he got surgery. Then he gets the surgery and will be out the rest of the year they say, and now we hear he might be able to come back this season.

    • Steve (different one)

      It’s a fracture, I’m pretty sure the doctors have this one. Gardner has nothing to do with anything.

    • crawdaddie

      They sent Gardner to the best doctors in sports medicine so I don’t know how they misdiagnosed the injury when they tried to avoid surgery first with anti-inflammation medication and rest. It didn’t work so they went to the next step which was surgery.

    • Ed

      They didn’t misdiagnose Gardner. He had inflammation and bone chips. Neither of those is abnormal in an athlete. The problem was the combination – the inflamed tissue was rubbing against the bone chips, preventing it from fully healing. Usually these things work themselves out on their own. Occasionally they don’t.

      It’s just one of those injuries that you’ll find in every athlete if you look hard enough. Usually you don’t need to do anything, but sometimes you do. You never go to surgery without trying other things first – if you went right to surgery, you’d be operating on half the team every year.

    • RetroRob

      They did not misdiagnose Gardner.

  • Mick taylor

    I find it amazing we are paying the pirates 13 million for Burnett to go 14-3. I was against this stupid deal. And tired of this crap from cashman that the Yankees needed the 5 million to sign ibanez Chavez and jones. If they didn’t resign Garcia they could havesigned ibanez and Chavez.

    • Steve (different one)