Andy Pettitte, who suffered a broken ankle slightly more than a month ago, has suffered a setback to the injury and halted his throwing program for now, according to Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com.
“Doc said he was hoping it would be healed a little better than it was,” Pettitte told Marchand. “The first two weeks it healed really quick and I feel like we have slowed down a little bit. He said, ‘Let’s try to stay off it a little bit.’ That is where we are at.”
Pettitte was expected back by September 1st, and the Yankees are insisting that he’s on the same timetable, but he was throwing 55 pitches off of flat ground and now he will be off his feet for now. Sounds like he was just pushing the rehab a little too hard.
As long as Pettitte is back in time to make three or four starts before the playoffs the Yankees should be fine. Freddy Garcia has been solid in his absence and David Phelps has been great out of the bullpen. So in the meantime they have a few options. Still, it would be nice to get Pettitte back as quickly as possible.