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Andy Pettitte will be activated off the DL and start next Tuesday against the Blue Jays, manager Joe Girardi announced this afternoon. He’ll be taking David Phelps‘ spot in the rotation. Pettitte declared himself “ready” following his latest simulated game yesterday, though he’s going to be held to a 75-pitch count in his first start back. The Yankees will have to make a 40-man roster move to activate Andy off the 60-day DL, and I suppose it could be Derek Lowe on the chopping block. Don’t quote me on that though.
Andy Pettitte threw four innings and 55 pain-free pitches in his latest simulated game this afternoon, two days after doctors gave him the okay to begin running again. “I’m ready,” said the left-hander to reporters after today’s workout. “Can I give you 100 pitches? No. But I feel my stuff has been crisp … Just let me go out there and compete.”
The Yankees have already indicated a willingness to bring Pettitte back before he’s fully stretched out, and the guess here is that he will start next Tuesday’s game (they’re off on Monday) with David Phelps piggybacking out of the bullpen. That would allow Andy to make four starts between now and the end of the season, including Game 162. My original thought was that they would let him throw in one more simulated game, but if it’s the difference between three regular season starts and four, forget it.
The Yankees are two games under .500 in the second half despite winning five of their first six games after the All-Star break, and it’s been nearly a month since they last won consecutive games. Injuries have played a part in the second half slide, most notably long-ish term problems for Alex Rodriguez (hand) and now Mark Teixeira (calf). That’s two important middle of the order bats missing and a big reason why the Bombers are hitting just .232/.312/.371 as a team since the start of the White Sox series in Chicago.
The good news is that A-Rod is back and has hit the snot out of the ball since coming off the DL (last night notwithstanding), and Teixeira should return before the end of the season. Mariano Rivera isn’t coming back, but Andy Pettitte continues to inch closer to a return. Doctors cleared him to begin running on Monday, and today he’ll throw his third and longest simulated game since Casey Kotchman fractured his leg with a comebacker. The club has hinted at bringing Pettitte back before he’s fully stretched out to 90+ pitches, something Joe Girardi reiterated yesterday.
“It depends on how his leg feels after 60 pitches (today),’’ said the skipper when asked how soon Andy could return to the rotation. “If we feel he can move around and compete enough in a game, it’s conceivable.’’
The “moving around” part is often overlooked but very important. The Yankees don’t want to bring Pettitte back only to have him be unable to field his position when the other team inevitably tests the leg with some bunts. That said, the reason they’re even considering rushing him back before he’s fully stretched out is because the guys currently in the rotation aren’t getting the job done. David Phelps has struggled lately and Freddy Garcia can’t even complete five innings of work these days. Phil Hughes has pitched well and keeps his team in the game more often than not, but he always seems to be on a brink of disaster given his homer problem.
“It’s just a matter of what they want to do,” said Pettitte. “I want to pitch and help, but it’s not up to me … It’s up to them to make the decision. I want to pitch.’’
Ivan Nova is fresh off the DL and it seems all but certain that he’ll make Garcia’s next start, but he hardly inspires confidence given how he was pitching before he got hurt. Still, it’s likely to be an upgrade the same way a not fully stretched out Pettitte will be an upgrade over Phelps. Counting on a 40-year-old to recover from a broken leg to pitch effectively in a race for the division crown is a lot to ask, but at this point the Yankees really don’t have any other choice. As long as the offense continues to underwhelm, upgrading the pitching staff is their best way to improve down the stretch. Even if it’s only 70-80 pitches at a time.
Doctors have cleared Andy Pettitte to begin running following yesterday’s checkup, a big obstacle in his return from a fractured left leg. The left-hander did some fielding drills today and will throw another simulated game tomorrow, unofficially his third. He threw three innings and 46 pitches over the weekend, so I assume he’ll ramp it up to 60-65 pitches next time out. Based on how things have been progressing, it seems that we could see Andy back on the mound in meaningful games within two weeks or so.
Via Joel Sherman, left-hander Andy Pettitte (fractured left leg) threw three innings and 46 pitches during his latest simulated game this afternoon. Pitching coach Larry Rothschild said it went “good, very good, super.” I suppose that’s a positive review.
Pettitte will getting checked out by the team doctors on Monday, and if all goes well he will start ramping up his workouts in advance of rejoining the team later this month. Rothschild said Andy will not make any minor league rehab starts — the Triple-A and Double-A clubs are the only affiliates still playing and they could be eliminated from the postseason as soon as this weekend — and instead do all his work in simulated games. I guess this means Pettitte could return to the rotation within two weeks, which would be neat.
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.
Some updates on the walking wounded …
- Mark Teixeira (calf) said he’s feeling “better” and expects to play when the Yankees get to Baltimore later in the week. Three games on the turf in Tropicana isn’t the smartest idea with a leg problem. Teixeira did take batting practice and ground balls/throws at first today, which I think he’s been doing that for a few days now.
- Curtis Granderson (hamstring) is feeling better and took batting practice before the game. Joe Girardi is wary playing him on the turf right away, but he could return to the lineup as the DH as soon as tomorrow.
- Andy Pettitte (leg) feels fine following yesterday’s bullpen session and will throw live batting practice on Wednesday. It’ll be his first time facing hitters since Casey Kotchman broke his leg with that comebacker.
- Ivan Nova (shoulder) also feels fine following yesterday’s bullpen session. He’ll face hitters in live batting practice either tomorrow or Wednesday.
- Alex Rodriguez (hand) will not play for High-A Tampa today after playing in two straight games, and will instead do a lot of work on the side. Joe Girardi indicated that it is very possible A-Rod will rejoin the team when they arrive in town to play the Rays tomorrow.
- Andy Pettitte (leg) threw 35 pitches in the bullpen and felt good. The next step for him would be facing hitters in live batting practice, which I suppose could happen within a day or two. A simulated game and then a minor league rehab stint wouldn’t be too far behind if all goes well.
- Ivan Nova (shoulder) threw a bullpen session as well, his first time since going on the DL about a week ago. Right now they’re just going to wait and see how his arm responds before determining the next step.
- David Aardsma (elbow) will continue his rehab stint with Short Season Staten Island based on his Twitter feed. The High-A Tampa season ends today, but the SI Yanks play until Wednesday. After that, he could play in postseason games for the Triple-A or Double-A squads.
No update on Pedro Feliciano (shoulder), but he threw an inning for Staten Island on Friday and I suppose could do so again in the coming days. His 30-day rehab window expires on September 9th, so they have a week to determine if he’s big league ready.
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.
Andy Pettitte‘s fractured left leg is healing well according to recent checkups, and he continues to throw with increased intensity off flat ground. Prior to this afternoon’s game, Joe Girardi said that the club hopes to get the veteran left-hander back on a mound this weekend so he can begin an aggressive rehab program that will have him ready in time for a potential postseason series.
“Whenever he does get on a mound, the process is probably going to have to be accelerated a little bit just because of the time frame,” said the skipper. The minor league regular season ends early next week, though Pettitte could make a few rehab starts during the Double-A postseason like he did in 2010. The absolute latest he could come off the DL while still getting making two regular season big league starts is September 29th, so one month from today. It’s starting to approach crunch time here.