Andy Pettitte closer to returning

Updated: August 9, 2010, 1:55 PM ET
By Ian Begley | Special to ESPNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- New York Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte took another step toward returning to the starting rotation when he threw a pain-free simulated inning before Monday's Yankees-Red Sox game.

Pettitte threw 20 pitches in the simulated inning. If he doesn't feel any pain in his injured groin, Pettitte says he will report to the Yankees' minor-league complex in Tampa to throw a simulated game on Thursday.

Pettitte has been sidelined since July 18 with a strained ...

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