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Andy Pettitte throws off mound for first time since fractured ankle

Aug 31, 2012, 9:45 PM EDT

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Andy Pettitte still has some hurdles to cross before rejoining the Yankees, but he’s finally moving in the right direction.

According to the Associated Press, Pettitte threw off a mound this afternoon for the first time since fracturing his left ankle on a comebacker on June 27. The 40-year-old southpaw told Spencer Fordin of MLB.com that it wasn’t a “hard” bullpen and that he didn’t fully exert himself, but that it was a relief to get it out of the way.

“It was huge,” said Pettitte. “I’m sure that you guys talking to me could tell that I was getting a little paranoid about how this thing’s going to feel. Today was good. I didn’t get out there and push off as hard as I could and let it fly, but I was just introducing myself back to the mound. I felt really comfortable, so that was a good thing. And my arm felt just free and easy. That was another good thing.”

Pettitte will check in with the team’s training staff before the next step is decided, but he’s hoping to make two starts before the end of the regular season. He had an excellent 3.22 ERA and 59/15 K/BB ratio in 59 innings before the injury and has already said that he’s open to pitching again in 2013.

  1. randygnyc - Aug 31, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    We need all the help we can get, on the mound and in the batters box. HAVE NOT BEEN PLAYING WELL!!

  2. 27xwschamps - Sep 1, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    Come on Andy !! We NEED U !!! Pick us up… Say ur prayers and get ur mojo beads workin !!!

  3. cackalackyank - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    I am not real familiar with Andy’s work with a BAT. Unless he is ready to come back and HIT he had best be ready to throw perfect games the this club is (NOT) hitting.

  4. pisano - Sep 1, 2012 at 9:52 AM

    Way too many K’s in that line-up, and it’s really starting to show. It seems like every pitcher the Yankees face is Cy Young.

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