Tag:Andy Pettitte
Posted on: September 15, 2010 11:42 am
Edited on: September 15, 2010 4:14 pm

Pettitte ready to return to Yanks

Andy Pettitte Andy Pettitte will return to the Yankees' starting rotation on Sunday, he told the New York Post .

"Unless they tell me I'm not starting, I feel like it's time," Pettitte said following his five-inning start for Double-A Trenton on Tuesday.

Pettitte has been out with a groin injury since July 17.

Pettitte made two rehab starts for Trenton. In his first start, he threw 51 pitches in four scoreless innings. Last night he gave up two runs on six hits against the Altoona Curve, throwing 67 pitches, walking one and striking out four before throwing more in the bullpen to get to 77 pitches.

"[I] felt pretty strong, so I would imagine I would feel pretty good to go 80 pitches," Pettitte said about his impending return to the Yankees. "Hopefully that gets me through five or six innings. … If not, it's probably going to be a struggle game for me."

He will likely replace Javier Vazquez in the rotation.

 -- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 6, 2010 1:05 pm
Edited on: September 6, 2010 4:31 pm

Pettitte to make rehab start Thursday

Andy Pettitte Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte will make his first rehab start Wednesday in a playoff game with Double-A Trenton.

Manager Joe Girardi told reporters he expects Pettitte to make two rehab starts. The 38-year old starter threw a bullpen session Monday morning at Yankee Stadium.

Not only is Double-A Trenton in the playoffs, Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is also in the postseason, giving the Yankees options for Pettitte's rehab starts.

UPDATE: Pettitte has been moved to Thursday, to keep him on regular rest.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 5, 2010 12:23 pm

A-Rod back from DL

Alex Rodriguez Alex Rodriguez is back from the disabled list, batting fourth and playing third today against the Blue Jays.

Rodriguez hadn't played since Aug. 20 with a strained left calf. He participated in a simulated game against Andy Pettitte on Saturday.

Rodriguez took batting practice in the team's indoor cage on Sunday before being put in the lineup. The Yankees' Nick Swisher is still out with a stiff left knee. He hasn't played since Thursday, when he left the game after the first inning.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 4, 2010 9:29 am
Edited on: September 4, 2010 1:03 pm

A-Rod, Pettitte to test injuries

Alex Rodriguez Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte will see action on Saturday -- not against the Blue Jays, but against each other.

Rodriguez will face Pettitte in a simulated game before Saturday's game, as both continue their road back to the field.

Rodriguez is eligible to come off the disabled list for his left calf injury on Sunday.

"I'm going to wait and see. … I'm hoping that Sunday, Monday or Tuesday I'll be ready," Rodriguez told the New York Daily News . "I don't want to over-promise and under-deliver. I'd much rather go the other way. But Sunday's a possibility, without question."

Pettitte hasn't pitched since July 19 because of a groin injury. He's had several of these bullpen sessions.

Andy Pettitte UPDATE: Pettitte threw 50 pitches to Rodriguez, Greg Olson and Ramiro Pena and said he felt no pain in his groin, the Star-Ledger 's Marc Craig writes .

"It felt better each inning I went out there," Pettitte said. "I felt like the last inning I turned it up pretty good and wasn't worrying about anything at all."

Girardi told reporters he'd feel comfortable with Pettitte returning even if he's limited to 75 pitches.

Rodriguez took batting practice, took grounds and ran the bases in addition to facing Pettitte.

"I feel good," Rodriguez said. "It was an encouraging day. No setbacks."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 2, 2010 12:27 am

Pettitte takes another step

Andy Pettitte
It's too late for teams to add players for the stretch run -- except for adding the ones they had to begin with, that is.

The Twins are trying to fend off the White Sox in the American League Central without concussed star Justin Morneau, whose recovery is uncertain. Think they wouldn't like to add a guy with a 1.055 OPS to their lineup for September and beyond?

The Yankees were unlucky to lose Andy Pettitte, but they're lucky that the left-hander, who had an 11-2 record and 2.88 ERA when he was lost with a groin injury, will come charging over the hill like the cavalry for the final weeks of their battle against the Rays in the AL East.

Pettitte had an encouraging 55-pitch bullpen session Wednesday, a big step toward his return. Pettitte threw at full intensity and said he felt no discomfort at all. He said it was the first time he was able to focus completely on pitching mechanics rather than worrying about his legs.

The Yankees are being careful with Pettitte given the setbacks he's had in trying to come back. His next step could be a simulated game.

"I know they want me to face some hitters," he said. "I would imagine, if everything's good, that would probably be the next step," Pettitte said. "When you get a hitter in there, it's a little bit different. You know what you're trying to do."

-- David Andriesen

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Posted on: August 27, 2010 5:31 pm

No trouble for Pettitte in bullpen session

Andy Pettitte Andy Pettitte threw 25 pitches in Chicago before the Yankees' game with the White Sox on Friday and according to multiple tweets, he said he felt good about the outing.

Pettitte also said he'd had trouble sleeping in anticipation of today's bullpen session -- Joe Girardi may have had similar feelings.

Pettitte had been shut down the last 10 days after he aggravated a groin strain in a simulated game on Aug. 13. He hasn't pitched since leaving the game on July 18 against the Rays after 2 1/3 innings.

"It was good," Pettitte said (via Twiter from the New York Daily News ' Mark Feinsand). "I didn't have any discomfort at all."

Still, the New York Times ' Ben Shpigel reports (via Twitter ) Pettitte's 25 pitches were "not at full intensity."

Pettitte's return would be a boon to the Yankees for the postseason. Even if today's results don't indicate he will be back in the immediate future, the fact there was no setback was a huge positive for Pettitte and his team.

While there were talks of pitching abundance and a trade of Javier Vazquez leading up to the trade deadline, now it seems the rotation's only sure spot is at the top with CC Sabathia. After that, Phil Hughes is on a pitch limit and slowed from his fast start. A.J. Burnett has been A.J. Burnett -- wildly inconsistent, and Ivan Nova has replaced Vazquez in the rotation.

You can believe the Yankees would love to have Pettitte available down the stretch and in the playoffs. And for now, the lack of bad news is as good as good news.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 21, 2010 3:35 pm
Edited on: August 21, 2010 8:39 pm

Clemens refused plea agreement from government

Rusty Hardin Roger Clemens' lawyer has revealed that Clemens rejected a plea deal offered by the government.

The deal was offered several months ago in exchange for Clemens pleading guilty, a scenario both Clemens and lawyer Rusty Harden declined.

"I will tell you the recommendation they made was a very good one if he was guilty," Hardin told ESPN. "And if he was guilty we would have jumped on it. Everybody has all this great solicitous advice, all the media ... Nobody is answering the question: What if he didn't do it, what should he have done? And everybody wants him to confess."

It's certainly obvious that everyone believes Clemens guilty, largely based on the evidence and Clemens' poor showing before Congress at a hearing. If indeed guilty, Clemens has brought all of this on himself, and it could have been avoided by simply admitting guilt. It has been proven that those who come clean fare far better in public perception. Even Hardin himself warned Clemens how important it was for him to admit wrongdoing if he did indeed take steroids or human growth hormone.

"He's been told from the beginning if he did it he ought to do exactly what Andy Pettitte did," Hardin noted. "It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that. And everybody assumes it is his arrogance and his ego that kept him from doing it."

Pettitte, like Clemens, was fingered in the Mitchell Report. Two days later, the Yankees left-hander, one of Clemens' best friends at the time, verified trainer Brian McNamee's claims that Pettitte used HGH. He held a press conference in which he took questions and said he used the performance-enhancing drugs to help heal an injury. Due to Pettitte's own admission and contention that Clemens had told him of the Rocket's own use of performance-enhancing drugs, the two no longer talk.

However, Pettitte has escaped rather unscathed by the whole saga, as his use of HGH will warrant but a footnote in his career biography, and he remains a fan favorite in New York. Clemens, meanwhile, is ostracized.

"He wasn't the greatest witness before Congress, I understand that," Hardin added. "But I got to tell you, we've sat on him probably for 100 of our hours over the last two-and-a-half years, always with the same thing: 'If you did it, the best thing to do is just admit it and move on and we'll deal with it.' He has never, ever wavered."

Clemens will get his day in court soon, and perhaps the lingering question of one of the best pitchers of all time's drug usage will finally be settled.

-- Evan Brunell

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Posted on: August 18, 2010 9:26 pm

Pettitte unsure when he'll return

Andy Pettitte Andy Pettitte said Wednesday he doesn't know when he'll be able to return from his groin injury -- or if he'll even be able to return this season.

"A lot of stuff is obviously going through your head as we get to the end of the season here," Pettitte told reporters, including the New York Times. "Like how am I going to have to deal with this? But there's no sense in worrying about that. I was riding here with my kids and I said, 'Help me stay positive here.'"

Pettitte has been on the disabled list since July 20 with a left groin strain. He had hoped to return last weekend in Kansas City, but he's suffered three setbacks since going on the DL. On Tuesday he had an MRI that showed a "small, persistent tear" in his groin.

The next step for Pettitte, 38, is a week off. All he's permitted to do is play catch and ride a stationary bike. The team hopes he'll throw off the mound next week. After that, he'd need a rehab assignment.

Pettitte cut short his bullpen session on Tuesday when he felt his groin "grab."

"I'm trying now not to figure this out and plan it out like I normally always do," Pettitte said. "I'm just trying to take it day by day and figure out what exactly to do. It's kind of my downfall, feeling too good and trying to do too much."

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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