Pettitte to start Monday in extended game

04/06/2012 5:31 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

After finishing a strong week with a successful bullpen session on Friday morning, Andy Pettitte has been scheduled to start an Extended Spring Training game for the Yankees on Monday.

Pettitte, who made his spring “debut” with a scoreless inning in the Yankees’ Grapefruit League finale against the Mets on Wednesday, threw a 45-pitch bullpen session at the Yankees’ facility in Tampa Friday and reported no issues.

He will now take the mound on Monday to face a Phillies Minor-League squad, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Pettitte told him on Thursday night that his arm felt great.

"I saw him last night, we were at the same place for dinner … he said he got after it in his workout, and he was curious to see how he’d feel today, if his legs would be a little sore, but he said his arm felt great,” Girardi told the press before Friday’s season-opener at Tropicana Field.

There is no timetable on when the 39-year-old lefty might be added to the roster, but he is expected to make at least a handful of Extended Spring Training starts before a decision is made. comments