Update 2:56: According to the NY Post, Pettitte was scratched from his simulated start today due to a tight hip flexor. It’s nothing major and he’ll throw a simulated game tomorrow. For right now, this only delays his comeback by a day.
Original article: Via the NY Post:
Andy Pettitte takes a big step today in his rehab program from a left groin injury in Tampa when he pitches in a simulated situation. If Pettitte doesn’t experience any problems, he would likely pitch in a minor league game Tuesday in Trenton (Double-A). When Pettitte went down on July 18, the Yankees hoped he would be back by Sept. 1. Providing there are no setbacks he might return before then.
Versatile reliever Alfredo Aceves will make a second rehab appearance tomorrow night for Trenton and the hope is that he is sharper than Tuesday night when he worked two-thirds of an inning, walked two and fanned one.
The Yankees haven’t been winning a lot of late, but once they get these two back it will be a huge boost. Between them, Lance Berkman, and Kerry Wood, the Yankees should be fully loaded for the stretch run. If only Jorge Posada can stay healthy and on the field.