The Yankees have kind of gone back and forth on this, but the expectation is that Andy Pettitte will play in a spring training game today against the Mets.
“I bounced back pretty good after that last one, so we feel like an inning would be good tomorrow,” Pettitte told Anthony Rieber of Newsday. “I realized I feel good enough to pitch.”
There is a chance that manager Joe Girardi could change his mind at the last minute though. “I want to look him in the eye just to make sure,” Girardi said.
This would be a big step for Pettitte, who hasn’t faced live batters outside of a simulation yet. However, if he doesn’t make the appearance it wouldn’t be the end of the world. It’s only one inning and it would obviously be better to avoid setbacks than for him to pitch one inning.
Pettitte is on track for a return around May 1. There are slightly under four weeks between now and then which, barring any setbacks, would be plenty of time for him to get stretched out to 100 pitches, make a rehab start or two, and then it’s off to the Bronx.