Andy Pettitte threw 25 pitches in Chicago before the Yankees' game with the White Sox on Friday and according to multiple tweets, he said he felt good about the outing.
Pettitte also said he'd had trouble sleeping in anticipation of today's bullpen session -- Joe Girardi may have had similar feelings.
Pettitte had been shut down the last 10 days after he aggravated a groin strain in a simulated game on Aug. 13. He hasn't pitched since leaving the game on July 18 against the Rays after 2 1/3 innings.
"It was good," Pettitte said (via Twiter from the New York Daily News ' Mark Feinsand). "I didn't have any discomfort at all."
Still, the New York Times ' Ben Shpigel reports (via Twitter ) Pettitte's 25 pitches were "not at full intensity."
Pettitte's return would be a boon to the Yankees for the postseason. Even if today's results don't indicate he will be back in the immediate future, the fact there was no setback was a huge positive for Pettitte and his team.
While there were talks of pitching abundance and a trade of Javier Vazquez leading up to the trade deadline, now it seems the rotation's only sure spot is at the top with CC Sabathia. After that, Phil Hughes is on a pitch limit and slowed from his fast start. A.J. Burnett has been A.J. Burnett -- wildly inconsistent, and Ivan Nova has replaced Vazquez in the rotation.
You can believe the Yankees would love to have Pettitte available down the stretch and in the playoffs. And for now, the lack of bad news is as good as good news.
-- C. Trent Rosecrans
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