A quick Andy Pettitte update here. Pettitte had thrown in his own words six or seven bullpens before showing up to camp, he’s done a few since showing up to camp and he has now thrown a couple of bullpens.
The next step is getting him into games, but the Yankees are being very cautious with Pettitte and haven’t scheduled anything yet.
“We are taking it day by day with that and see how he feels the next day,” Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild told George King of the NY Post. “I would like to see how he reacts to things. This is a very different situation. Maybe having a year off and everything gets healed up and refreshed but you don’t know that until you get down the road.”
Rothschild went on to explain that he still needs to evaluate Pettitte after his lastest BP session, but so far everything that the five-time World Series winner has done has been impressive.
“Very impressive, very professional. The stuff is there and he has commanded everything really well,” Rothschild said. “I don’t think I need to tell you, but he knows what he is doing. He hasn’t lost that and he has a really good feel for his delivery. There are a lot of things that are good to see with him. You can tell he has been throwing for quite a while.”
Even though the Yankees refuse to use any specifics it certainly seems realistic to expect Pettitte to pitch in a game within the next week. Both Pettitte and the Yankees have May 1st as the date they’d like to see him be ready for the season by.