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Pettitte continues making progress

04/02/2012 8:38 PM ET
By Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- New York Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte moved closer to pitching in a game after another positive throwing session.

Pettitte made 25 pitches off a bullpen mound at Steinbrenner Field Monday, two days after his second simulated game.

“I bounced back really good after that last outing,” Pettitte said. “I wanted to throw this `pen and see how I felt. I felt really good.”

Pettitte and Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild, who was not at the session because he was with the team for Monday night’s spring training game in Miami against the Marlins, will discuss what the pitcher’s next step will be.

Options include Pettitte pitching in a minor league game or another simulated game on Thursday. The Yankees haven’t completely ruled out Pettitte pitching in the spring training finale Wednesday against the New York Mets.

“I’m planning on pitching somewhere, somehow on Thursday if I’m not doing something on Wednesday,” Pettitte said.

Pettitte ended a one season retirement by agreeing to a minor league contract on March 16, and could be ready to join the Yankees in May.

NOTES: RHP Michael Pineda (right shoulder) got treatment and ran in the outfield in Tampa. He will start the regular season on the DL. … Reliever David Aardsma, coming off elbow ligament replacement surgery last July, is throwing to a catcher at 60 feet on level ground.

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