Pettitte throws off mound for 1st time

August, 31, 2012
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Andy Pettitte took what he called a "huge step" in his rehab Friday by throwing off of a mound for the first time since suffering a fractured left fibula in late June.

"I felt good, I felt really good," Pettitte said.

And that could be a really good sign for the Yankees.

Pettitte will check with team doctors later Friday or on Saturday to determine the next step in his rehab. He threw 20 pitches on Friday and if he bounces back without issue Saturday, he may be cleared to throw a full bullpen (30-45 pitches) in the coming days.

"I think I'm getting real real close to being over the hump," Pettitte said.

The 40-year-old lefty still hopes to make two September starts to prepare for the playoffs, assuming the Yankees make it.

Plenty of things have to fall in place in order for Pettitte to return to the mound in September.

But MLB's all-time playoffs wins leader felt a big sense of relief after getting on the mound Friday.

"I was just getting a little paranoid about how this thing's gonna feel and today was good," Pettitte said.

He later added, "I've still got to be careful, I think. I don't want to do anything stupid over the next four or five days."

Pettitte has been out since June 27.

He had a setback in his initial rehab attempt, which is why the Yankees are being cautious with him.

Joe Girardi, like Pettitte, was optimistic after the lefty's mound session on Friday.

"It's obviously a step in the right direction," the manager said. "We'll try to continue to progress."

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