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Andy Pettitte almost ready to face live hitters

Sep 2, 2012, 3:41 PM EDT

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Mike Mazzeo of ESPN New York has the update:

Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte threw a 35-pitch bullpen session off the mound on Sunday, and says he feels like he’s “over the hump.”

Pettitte, on the disabled list since June 27 with a fractured left ankle, came out of the session “feeling good” and said his command was good as well.

The veteran southpaw told reporters after Sunday’s workout that he wants to throw live batting practice “as quick as possible,” and manager Joe Girardi later suggested that it could happen within the next three days if there are no issues with lingering soreness.

Petttitte is still on track to return to the Yankees’ starting rotation by the middle of September. He had a 3.22 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 59/15 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings before fracturing his left ankle near the end of June.

  1. rmalmstrom - Sep 2, 2012 at 3:58 PM

    It’d be more fun if he were to face undead hitters.

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 2, 2012 at 5:32 PM

      Do you mean the Red Sox?

  2. pisano - Sep 2, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    He better get ready real soon, or he’ll be looking at trying for a wild card spot. The Yankees better wake up.

  3. throughthewickets - Sep 3, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Thank God for steroids.

    No wait. God knows he is as pure as the driven snow.

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