It’s getting really close now. Yankees starter Andy Pettitte, who came out of retirement this spring, has been catching up on the work he missed back in March and is nearly ready to start the season.
He is expected to pitch this Wednesday for Double-A Trenton and will throw between 80 and 85 pitches, according to George King of the NY Post.
Manager Joe Girardi said that he will get at least one more start after that, probably in the 95-100 pitch range, and then the team will reevaluate him after that. Typically the Yankees like to have their starters throw one more start in spring training after they’ve been stretched out to 100 pitches, but if the rotation is still struggling they may elect to have him make that start in the Bronx.
That puts Pettitte’s return on schedule for May 5 or May 10 depending on how they handle the situation. He will be put into the rotation immediately, as has always been the plan. The expectation is that he will knock Freddy Garcia out, but with the way Phil Hughes has struggled early on this season, he will certainly be considered too.