The game didn’t count, but Wednesday afternoon Andy Pettitte stepped back on a mound and faced major leaguers for the first time since October 2010. It was weird to watch him and he told reporters after the game that it was weird for him too.
“Definitely it felt a little weird, there’s no doubt about it,” Pettitte told Chad Jennings of the Journal News. “But once I got out there it was just like I never left. On the day you pitch, you know something is different about your body. That’s how I felt today. It was kind of that normal feeling that I’d normally feel.
“There’s nothing I really feel like I need to work on,” Pettitte said. “I didn’t even throw a changeup today. It was a quick inning, so I didn’t get a chance to throw any changeups. That’s been feeling good. All that stuff is the stuff I’m looking forward to working on as I get ready to do this: Working out of the stretch, working with runners on base and just getting used to doing all that again. Everything is proceeding very smoothly right now.”
Pettitte sat in the 84-86 mph range with his fastball, but he showed good pitchability as he tossed a quick one inning thanks to the help of a caught stealing. He will stay behind in extended spring training and could work with the High-A team down in Tampa as well. He is on track for a return around May 1st.