Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte continued on his road back to the Bronx yesterday when he threw 66 pitches, 58 for strikes, in an extended spring training game on Friday.
“I’m happy I feel pretty comfortable with all my pitches,” Pettitte told Greg Auman of Newsday. “My legs are getting tired when they’re supposed to be getting tired. [It's] just pushing past when I get a little bit tired and then trying to continue to build on that.”
Pettitte will likely make his next start with Double-A Trenton and could potentially need just two more starts before landing in the Bronx, although it is more likely he will make three more starts as the Yankees have been very conservative with him. That lines him up for a major league start on either May 5 or May 10 depending on how desperate the Yankees are at that point.
So unless there are any setbacks, which at this point there hasn’t been any signs at all that there will be, these next couple of starts for Phil Hughes and Freddy Garcia are going to be awfully important.