Latest x-ray shows good news for Pettitte’s ankle

It’s only been about two weeks since Andy Pettitte suffered a setback while rehabbing his broken left ankle, but he went in for another x-ray over the weekend and now the Yankees are telling the press that things are going well.

“He’s better, definitely better,” Girardi told Jorge Castillo of the Newark Star-Ledger. “He’s not ready to (throw) off the mound, but he’s definitely better. He’s going to just continue to do what he’s doing. He plays catch and we try to keep him exercising his legs the best he can. Hopefully he continues to go in the right direction.”

Pettitte’s ankle had been healing well, but his rehab was stopped two weeks ago after the ankle swelled up from too much activity. He still hasn’t begun throwing again, but he has been rehabbing in the pool and on exercise bikes.

Due to the setback, the initial time frame of six to eight weeks seems to be a little optimistic. Six weeks is just about up already and it doesn’t sound like he’s going to return to the mound for at least another two weeks. He’ll then need a few rehab starts, but assuming he gets on a mound by the middle of August he could still be back in early September.

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