It could be just another week or two for Pettitte’s return

Andy Pettitte has been out since June, but after throwing a 45-pitch simulated game over the weekend he has been cleared by team doctors to begin running and could be back sometime within the next two weeks.

“It’s a matter of what they want to do,” Pettitte told Jeff Bradley of the Star-Ledger. “As far as I’m concerned, I feel like I’m ready, and I want to help as soon as possible. I want to go ahead and just pitch. Obviously, it’s not up to me. It’s up to them to make that decision. I’m going to try to push it as far as I can. That’s what I did the other day in Baltimore and I made a pretty big jump. So without hurting myself, I’m going to try and get my pitch count up tomorrow.”

Pettitte plans to throw a 60-pitch simulated game on Wednesday. Yankees manager Joe Girardi has indicated in the past that Pettitte will be on a “accelerated rehab” so it’s possible that he could be back on the mound sometime next week at the earliest.

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