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Andy Pettitte hopes to return ahead of schedule

Jul 24, 2010, 6:03 PM EDT

Andy Pettitte, who went on the disabled list Monday with a groin strain, played catch for about five minutes from 60 feet on Saturday, according to the Associated Press.

Diagnosed with Grade 1 strain, the veteran left-hander isn’t expected to return until mid-to-late August, however he told reporters Saturday that he doesn’t think that timetable is realistic. In a good way.

“It doesn’t seem realistic to me at all, but I haven’t gotten on the
mound,” Pettitte said. “When I get on the mound, I’ll be able to say,
and hopefully I won’t have any setbacks.” 

“I mean, I feel good,” Pettitte said. “I’m not having any problems at all.”

It’s not immediately clear when Pettitte will begin throwing off a mound, but he is scheduled to fly to Tampa on Monday to continue his rehab. The 37-year-old left-hander is eligible to return from the DL on August 2, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the team plans to take a cautious approach with Pettitte, as they don’t want this to be a recurring problem down the stretch.

Sergio Mitre, Pettitte’s temporary replacement in the rotation, gave up seven runs — five earned — over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Royals this afternoon.

  1. YankeesfanLen - Jul 24, 2010 at 8:29 PM

    No matter how much Andy whines and moans about being ready to come back, my sense is that it will be late August, then a couple of extra “precautionary days”.
    It’s evident that Moseley, or someone else, will get the next fill-in slot. My Yankees intuition also says they’ll be another starter, but not til “surprise time” next Saturday.
    And of course everyone knows who’s on my wish list to be traded away. Could “accidently” put him on the plane to KC instead of Cleveland.

  2. The Real Shuxion - Jul 26, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Why doesn’t he just take more HGH?

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