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Andy Pettitte suffers setback during simulated game

Aug 13, 2010, 8:15 PM EDT

Andy Pettitte threw 50 pitches in a simulated game this afternoon, however Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the veteran left-hander was only able to throw at about  “75 percent effort” because he didn’t feel 100 percent with his groin according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

As a result, Pettitte will rejoin the team in Kansas City on Saturday in order to be reevaluated. The Yankees don’t believe the setback is serious, however a potential minor league rehab appearance has been pushed back indefinitely.

Pettitte was originally expected to miss four to five weeks when he was placed on the disabled list with a Grade 1 strain of his left groin on July 20. There’s still a chance he’ll return within that window. Pettitte’s importance for a potential playoff series cannot be overstated, but we’re still a long way from panic mode here. 

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