Andy Pettitte threw off flat ground this week and still hopes to get on a mound soon, but with the minor league season about to wrap up there isn’t much time for him to get in real rehab games so the Yankees are planning on what they are calling an accelerated rehab.
“Whenever he does get on a mound, the process is probably going to have to be accelerated a little bit just because of the time frame,” Girardi told Chad Jennings of the Journal News.
Accelerated rehab means that Pettitte might get as little as two rehab games in before he takes the mound in the Bronx. It also could mean that Pettitte makes a start on a very small pitch count, potentially throwing as little as 60 pitches in a start, with somebody like David Phelps or Derek Lowe needed to relieve him.
It’s certainly not an ideal situation and there is potential to risk further injury, but the alternative is not having Pettitte in the postseason. Not having Pettitte in October could make all the difference because they are going to need a fourth pitcher behind CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda, and Phil Hughes and Pettitte is a much better option than Freddy Garcia or David Phelps in a big game.