Andy Pettitte stumbles in Double-A

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer
Andy Pettitte

For reasons laid out earlier tonight, they could use Andy Pettitte in the Bronx on the double. However, if Wednesday night's results are any guide, then a ramped-up timetable for Pettitte's return is highly unlikely.

In his first Double-A appearance since a 2004 rehab stint, Pettitte, pitching for Trenton and facing Erie, worked five innings and surrendered seven hits and four runs while striking out three and walking one. Of his 81 pitches on the night, 59 went for strikes.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman was on hand to witness Pettitte's spotty outing, and he told the Bergen Record's Bob Klapisch that the 39-year-old lefty is "not there yet" and will require "a few more" starts in the minors before he's ready to join the active roster.

Maybe that was the anticipated time frame all along, or maybe tonight's fits and starts pushed it back to that point. Whatever the case, Michael Pineda is out for the season, and Andy Pettitte's arrival is not in the immediate offing. React accordingly.


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