Via Meredith Marakovits and Marc Carig, left-hander Andy Pettitte threw 20 pitches off a mound today for the first time since having his left (push-off) leg fractured by a Casey Kotchman comebacker in late-June. He did not push-off at full strength, but he called it a “huge” step and felt fine afterwards. They’ll check back in with the doctor tomorrow and determine the next step.
Recent check-ups on Pettitte’s leg have been positive, and he’s been throwing off flat ground for a few weeks now. He’ll soon have to begin an “accelerated” program in order to rejoin the team in advance of a potential playoff series. The good news is that his arm is fine, but getting the legs back in shape will be a chore. Looking at the schedule, it appears that the absolute latest he could return to the team and still be able to make two regular season tune-up starts is September 27th.