Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Plan For Pettitte

Via Chad Jennings:

Monday: He will throw a bullpen in New York. Similar to the one he threw yesterday. Assuming that goes well…

Thursday or Friday: Face hitters in a simulated game in Tampa. Depending on his stamina and how he feels afterward…

Next Monday or Tuesday: Rehab start. “Would we do it Monday in Tampa or wait until Tuesday to possibly do it in Trenton?” Joe Girardi said. “A lot of that, more important, is how he feels coming out of that Thursday.” The Yankees don’t want to send Pettitte to Ohio, so Triple-A is probably out for a rehab start.

Pettitte is hopeful that he’ll feel great when he faces hitters in Tampa and will need only one rehab start. He was able to run today with no problem. At this point it’s mostly about building strength and stamina.

Since the Yanks aren’t sure yet if Andy will need one rehab start or two, they have no date set for a return.

Getting Andy back and having the rotation at full force will be huge for this team.

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