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Andy Pettitte thinks he’s ready to rejoin the Yankees rotation

Sep 12, 2012, 7:43 PM EDT

Andy Pettitte AP

After throwing 55 pitches in a simulated game Wednesday, Andy Pettitte, who has missed 2 1/2 months with a fractured ankle, said he’s ready to start for the Yankees next week.

“I did everything I needed to do. I felt good. It’s another step,” he said. “They felt like my stuff was great. I just don’t know what the next step is, hopefully I’ll get back in the rotation. That’s what I want to do.”

If it were June instead of September, the next step would be two or three minor league rehab starts. That’s not a possibility now, though. Odds are that he’ll rejoin the rotation next week and throw 60-70 pitches in his first start, with David Phelps ready to replace him come the fourth or fifth inning.

“He means a lot to this club. We’ve seen that. We saw that a lot the first time,” manager Joe Girardi said. “We went on quite a roll. If they deem he’s ready to move around like he has to, he’ll be out there.”


  1. randygnyc - Sep 12, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    That’s good enough for me. He would know.

  2. papichulo55 - Sep 12, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    A healthy, refocused Nova returning is the bigger news item. Time to let the young guns earn their pinstripes. Andy’s great career is over.

    • protius - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:25 AM

      Sorry to hear about your lobotomy. Think of the up-side…..smaller hats.

  3. ravensoriolesnation - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    first a urine sample, no steroids

    • bozosforall - Sep 12, 2012 at 11:31 PM

      Let’s see the urine sample results for Jason Hammel form his return from the DL first, puzzie O’s fan.

    • protius - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:29 AM

      Add a little Stolichnaya and lime juice, and you have Wieters’ favorite cocktail: a pee pee gimlet.

  4. badintent - Sep 13, 2012 at 3:49 AM

    Yo Andy, hit the first batter in the back hard ! Then they know you mean business. With bad intent.Just like Roger used to do it. Nice.Go Yankees ! Time for Alex to man up and CC to get down. Jeter, Cano and Granderson doing their ALL-star thing, now we want Nick, and the rest of the boys to do their job. And Soriano to throw nasty heat.The gloves are off now !! Nova, Huges and Kuroda must throw 6 quality innings and Russell should keep hitting Hrs. It all adds up to Big Blue Pinstrips take it all !

    • protius - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:31 AM

      Exactly, the Yankees need some pissed off pitchers to give those batters uncomfortable at bats.

      Hit a few in the knees; they’ll get the message.

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