After dominating AA hitters in a four-inning outing on Thursday, Andy Pettitte is now just one more rehab start away from rejoining the Major League rotation. As Mark Feinsand explains today, the Yankees want to stretch Pettitte out before he comes back to the Bronx, and since AA Trenton advanced to the Eastern League finals, they’ll be able to do so on Tuesday. “I’m extremely encouraged,” Yanks’ manager Joe Girardi said. “Our hope for Andy is that both minor league teams are still in it and he can make one more rehab start for us. After that, he could really, possibly be ready for us.”
Pettitte, 11-2 with a 2.88 ERA before hitting the disabled list, will take the ball for the Thunder in game against either Altoona or Harrisburg on Tuesday, and then Andy will most likely pitch against the Orioles on Sunday. By then, he will have missed nearly two months of the season with this groin injury.