Andy Pettitte is finally expected to debut this Sunday against the Mariners, but he’s already getting back into his old routine back in the Bronx.
“It’s been great — I’ve been able to come into the stadium,” Pettitte told Bryan Hoch and Joey Nowak of MLB.com. “I’ve thrown a couple of bullpens, getting here around 11:30 [a.m.] and just do my work. … My preparation for this game has been exactly like it normally would have been.”
Pettitte sounds ready to go, but the big question remains about what exactly the Yankees will get out of him. He certainly could be a big help if he can live up to expecations as the Yankees rotation is 11th in the AL with a 5.26 ERA, but can he get back to where he once was?
“Knowing how I feel in my bullpens and stuff like that now, I just really believe I’m going to be able to get back to where I was,” Pettitte said. “I’m going to be very disappointed if I don’t, so I’m definitely expecting that out of myself.”
If anyone can take a year off and come back at his age – you’d expect somebody with his work ethic and his experience to be able to do it. We’re going to just have to wait and see.