Pettitte and A-Rod get closer to returning

The Yankees are getting closer to getting a pair of their stars back as Alex Rodriguez and Andy Pettitte both got good reports on X-Rays this week and are poised to increase their workouts as a result.

A-Rod is probably a little bit closer as he is expected to take full batting practice today, according to Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News. Pettitte will be a little bit behind him and expects to throw off flat ground again with the hopes of pitching off a mound later in the week.

The team has more or less done well in the absence of these two, but there is no doubt they are needed back if they are to expect to do much in the playoffs. Getting A-Rod back would give the Yankees a lot more depth on the bench and could help ensure Eric Chavez‘s continued health.

Pettitte is certainly the more important of the two at this point considering Ivan Nova is dealing with performance problems on the mound and shoulder problems away from it. Pettitte would be huge in providing consistency to the rotation much like he did in May. More importantly though, the Yankees will need him to be their No. 3 starter in the playoffs and he’ll need to get some regular season work in before that.

Just a guess, but I expect A-Rod back sometime within the next two weeks while Pettitte will probably be more like three.

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