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Andy Pettitte goes five innings in Wednesday rehab start

Apr 25, 2012, 9:25 PM EDT

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Andy Pettitte continues to make his way through the various levels of the Yankees’ minor league system, tuning up for a return to Major League Baseball.

His latest stop? The Double-A Trenton Thunder.

As noted by Thunder beat writer Mike Ashmore, Pettitte allowed seven hits and four runs  — three earned — over five innings Wednesday night against the Tigers’ Double-A affiliate from Erie, Pennsylvania, walking one but striking out three. He sat around 88 mph with his fastball — which is normal — and tossed 59 of his 81 pitches for strikes.

Pettitte will likely need at least two more rehab starts to get sufficiently stretched out for major league action.

He inked a minor league deal with the Yankees this winter after sitting out the 2011 season. That pact became extra crucial with this afternoon’s revelation that Michael Pineda needs season-ending shoulder surgery.

  1. pharmerbrown - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    I was at the game. It was great to see Andy pitching again, but he was getting hit up by the Erie Seawolves or whatever. I think Cashman’s “few” is a short estimate, more like 5-7.

  2. shanabartels - Apr 25, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    I was at the game too. I don’t know, this Andy Pettitte prospect may have a nice future ahead of him. To be fair, the defense behind him was sloppy.

  3. bozosforall - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Pettitte will be just fine. Better than most of the current Yankee staff…and ALL of the current Red Sox staff.

  4. mybrunoblog - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:00 AM

    The city of Trenton is like a kid brother to cities like Detroit or St. Louis. Pettitte probably rushed through his start because he wanted to get out of there.
    Seriously, he is still in his own spring training. Pettitte still has some miles on his career and will be a legit starter in the Yankees rotation in less than four weeks.

  5. brian32556 - Apr 26, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Hurry back Andy, Hughes and Gar-see-ya aren’t the answers. Hughes is too mellow to bear down for four innings, nevermind 7 or 8. Either ship him to the BP or trade him back home to SoCal. As for Garcia, we were lucky to get that one-year journeyman effect last year. Now cut our losses and run.

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