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.