Pettitte faces hitters for first time since leg injury


For the first time since suffering a left leg fracture in late-June, left-hander Andy Pettitte faced hitters in a simulated game/live batting practice this afternoon. He threw 15 pitches in one “inning,” facing four hitters — Casey McGehee (twice), Eduardo Nunez, Chris Dickerson. From the look of it, Andy was throwing with full effort or at least very close to it. He did use an L-screen, if you care about such things.

Pitching coach Larry Rothschild told Sweeny Murti that Pettitte was “excellent” and that his arm strength is right where they expected it to be. He’ll face hitters again on Friday, presumably stretching it out to 30 or so pitches. Although Triple-A Empire State and Double-A Trenton are in the postseason, it sounds like Pettitte will do all of his rehab work in sim games these next few weeks. Just eye-balling the schedule, September 26th or 27th is the absolute latest Andy could return while still making two regular season starts in advance of a potential postseason series.

Categories : Asides, Injuries
  • Better off Eddard

    The team lost its heart when Jorgie was forced out and it lost its soul when Mariano got hurt shagging fly balls and then again when Andy got hit by a line drive. If Andy were pitching we’d still be up by 4-5 games, there’s no doubt in my mind.

    • DC

      Andy and Mo can’t both be the soul. You’ll have to pick another body part for Andy.

  • Upstate Yanks Fan

    Andy can’t save us now. Get him healthy for next season.

  • CBean

    Come back Andy!

  • this space for rent

    They should have had him pitch to Granderson, Swisher and Martin. He’d leave the session feeling like Cy Fucking Young.