Yankees still don’t know when to expect Pettitte back

The Yankees initially expected Andy Pettitte back from his broken ankle on September first, but a setback cost him at least a week to 10 days. Now Brian Cashman isn’t saying exactly when they expect him back and only that it will be sometime next month.

“We have to let the healing process take its course,’’ Cashman told George King of the NY Post. “He had that setback which cost him a week to 10 days, but he is in the middle of the healing process.’’

Because it’s a broken foot, Pettitte has been able to participate in some exercises to keep his arm in shape, but pitching coach Larry Rothschild said that with so much time off it is hard to say exactly how much time he’ll need to rehab once he’s allowed back on a mound.

“We have tried to keep his arm in shape, but I won’t know until he gets through it, how it will impact him until he faces hitters,’’ Rothschild said Thursday. “It’s hard to tell but as long as the bone is healed he should be OK.’’

It was weird when the Yankees initially insisted that Pettitte never suffered a setback at all and then a bit concerning when they tried aggressively to acquire Ryan Dempster from the trade deadline. After all, if they were counting on Pettitte to be back they wouldn’t need Dempster.

Right now they are not even discussing when they expect him to begin rehabbing. Although that could just be so they have some flexibility in bringing him back without the media freaking out if he begins rehab a day or two after they expected.

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