Pettitte could be a week away from return

September, 11, 2012
9/11/12
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Andy Pettitte was cleared to resume running by Yankees doctors Monday night and took part in fielding drills at Yankee Stadium, to important steps in his progression to a return to the mound after suffering a broken left ankle on June 27. Pettitte is scheduled to throw a simulated game at Fenway Park tomorrow afternoon, with the aim of getting him up to 60 pitches.

After that, the next stop could be the mound at Yankee Stadium sometime next week. "It's conceivable," Joe Girardi said. "That’s something we’ll have to talk about. I think it depends on how he feels, how his leg feels after going 60 pitches."

"I think there's a chance," Pettitte said when asked if he thought this could be his final rehab start. "It's just a matter of what they want to do. Obviously, it's not up to me but I feel like I would be ready. I feel like I've been pretty sharp in the two simulated outings that I’'ve thrown. I know it’'s not a lot of body of work, but I want to pitch. I just want to help out."
Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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