Pettitte: my strength is not there yet

Andy Pettitte made his latest tune up start down in Double-A Trenton on Wedneday and threw 81 pitches over five innings as he struck out three, walked just one, and allowed three runs.

My eye has been on a possible May 5 return, especially after the news that Michael Pineda is out for the season, but after last night’s start it appears more likely he will come back on May 10 at the earliest.

“I don’t feel like the strength is there yet when I want to hump up and get a little more on my fastball like I’d like to,” Pettitte told Mike Ashmore of the Trentonian.¬†“…I feel like I made a few more mistakes than I had been making, but all in all, that was a good step forward.”

So Pettitte probably needs to gain a little bit of strength still before he is comfortable, but he threw 72.8 percent of his pitches for strikes and was able to hit 88 mph, both good signs from him.

He will probably throw about 95-100 pitches in his next start which should come on Monday. After that, as the Yankees usually do, they’ll probably give him another start where he goes back down to around 80 pitches or so. Then it’s likely off to the Bronx around May 10, May 15 at the latest.

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One Response to Pettitte: my strength is not there yet

  1. NY TAMMY says:

    OUR NY YANKEES ONCE AGAIN ARE FACING ISSUES ON SO MANY LEVELS,BUT IF THEY FOLLOW THIER CAPTAIN WE WILL CONQUER AND SET OUT FOR OUR QUEST FOR 28, TEAM PLAYING IS THE ANSWER AS ALWAYS,ITS STILL THE BEGINING OF THE SEASON,ID RATHER THEM WIN IN THE END! MAYBE PINEDA NOT BEING THERE IS A BLESSING IN DISGUISE. HE WASNT HONEST FROM THE GET-GO WHICH I DONT LIKE,WAS SELFISH ON HIS BEHALF. IF THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN THE PLAY-OFFS IT WOULD BE A WHOLE OTHER STORY! I THINK WE CAN MANAGE WITHOUT HIM,HAVING ANDY BACK,GARCIA & HUGHS HAVE TO DO THIER PART…AND IT HAS TO TURN AROUND REAL SOON.. I STILL THINK WE CAN PULL IT OFF CAUSE AFTER -ALL ITS THE NY YANKEES~GO YANKEES!!!! WE'RE HOME TONIGHT,!!! NY TAMMY~ http://www.facebook.com/N.Y.TAMMY