Andy Pettitte made his triumphant return to the mound this May after a season of retirement, but it was short lived as he landed on the DL with a broken ankle when a comebacker hit him in June. Now he will once again be returning as the Yankees starter this Tuesday, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
Ivan Nova is also coming back this week. He’ll be starting on Saturday in place of Freddy Garcia which means that Pettitte will be taking David Phelps‘ spot in the rotation. Pettitte recently threw a 55-pitch simulated game so it is likely he will be limited to just about 75 pitches when he returns.
As the rotation stands right now it is Phil Hughes, CC Sabathia, Nova, Hiroki Kuroda, and Pettitte. Now if they could just get Mark Teixeira healthy then they would only be missing a Hall of Fame closer and an outfielder who has averaged over a five-WAR over the last two seasons.