Andy Pettitte has been throwing off flat ground and will be x-rayed this week to determine how well his fracture ankle is healing. The Yankees are expecting good news though and have September 1st circled on their calander as the day they expect to get him back in the Bronx, according to George King of the NY Post.
That’s good news as it will be enough time for Pettitte to help the Yankees down the stretch and it should also provide him with enough time to regain consistency before the playoffs.
Freddy Garcia has now made four starts in the rotation since Pettitte went on the DL. He has a 3.97 ERA with a 7.54 K/9 and 3.57 BB/9 over 22.2 innings. David Phelps has been red hot in the minors and has a 1.08 ERA, 16.2 K/9, and 3.24 BB/9 in 8.1 innings since Pettitte’s injury. He could end up taking the 5th rotation spot before September 1st.