Pettitte Getting Close to Return

By on May 1, 2012

Andy Pettitte in Clearwater (Eddie Michels photo)

CLEARWATER, Fla.—After being retired for 16-months from professional baseball Yankee LHP Andy Pettitte is raring to go and get back to the show.

Making his sixth start since his retirement in January of the 2011 Pettitte went 5 2/3 innings Monday in an extended spring game against a Phillies squad.  The 39-year old allowed six runs, five earned on 10-hits while walking none and striking out eight on 96-pitches, 69-strikes.  His fast ball was clocked at a consistent 86 to 88 MPH with a 75 MPH curve.

“I feel good, it was another good day,” said Pettitte, “The first three innings I was having a hard time locating my fastball in but after that I felt I was locating as well as I had.  I gave up more hits that I had given up but as far as the quality of my pitches I felt really good about what I was able to do today.”

“I felt I was as sharp in the last innings as I was in the first,” Pettitte continued, “That is a good sign also.”

As far as a time table goes for his return to New York Pettitte was cautiously optimistic about his return.

“I would love to be back, I feel like I am ready,” said Pettitte, “I will talk with them (Yankees).  I know that Cash (Brian Cashman) and Stick (Gene Michael) where there in Trenton and they thought I might need a couple more.  If it was up to me I would be heading back.”

“The plan was to get him 95-pitches today,” said Billy Conors Yankees pitching coordinator, “This is the toughest league in baseball to pitch in but he was comfortable with all his pitches.  I was happy with his performance.”

As to where he will pitch next, probably at Double-A Trenton who will be at home when his next start is scheduled in five-six days.

“I’m just trying to be a good person here,” said Pettitte, “And do what they (Yankees) tell me here.  If it was up to me I would love to be back up.

Pettitte was originally scheduled to pitch for the Tampa Yankees against the Dunedin Blue Jays Monday night but no reason was given for the change.

Andy Pettitte (Eddie Michels photo)

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