After throwing 92 pitches on Sunday, Yankees un-retired starter Andy Pettitte is stretched out and ready to return to the Bronx. Now the Yankees just have to figure out when.
“I feel like I’m ready to go up and I think they’re ready for me to come up,” Pettitte told Mike Harrington of Newsday. ”I felt good. I felt as strong in the last inning as I did in the first inning. For me, that was another good test.”
The thing is that for the second straight outing, he wasn’t exactly overpowering as he gave up five runs, three earned, on Sunday in just five innings. So the Yankees may want him to get another start, or even two, to get himself straightened out. He hasn’t pitched in a year after all and might be stretched out, but it could take him a little while to gain consistency.
Once they do deem him ready there is the matter of where he fits into the rotation. David Phelps is likely the one who will go because Phil Hughes, the other pitcher on the bubble, pitched well enough on Sunday to justify keeping him in the rotation (at least for now).
“I’ll talk to Cash tomorrow or the next day and see where they feel he’s at, the people that watched him,” Girardi told Chad Jennings of the Journal News. “… Our plan is, the guys are on turn. That’s the bottom line, so I’ll continue to put out the rotation as we go forward, but (Hughes) pitched a great game today.”