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Pettitte 'felt good' after 55-pitch workout

08/23/2012 1:08 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Andy Pettitte has been out for eight weeks so far with a fractured ankle.(AP)
As the Yankees received some possible bad news about Ivan Nova’s shoulder on Wednesday, they did at least get positive news about two of their injured veteran lefties.

First and foremost, Andy Pettitte, who has been out since suffering a fractured ankle on July 27, threw 55 pitches on flat ground yesterday, the final 15 seeing him wearing spikes and pushing off his injured left leg to simulate his delivery.

"I feel good," Pettitte told MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch after the session. "I'm trying to draw a fine line here, because obviously I'm not completely healed or they would tell me I could get on a mound right now, I guess. There's no sense even trying to explain it. I wish I could tell you that I could go out there and run sprints and get on a mound right this second, but I'm definitely not quite there yet."

Despite a small rehab setback in Seattle about a month ago, Pettitte still hopes to return in mid-September. He will throw again in Cleveland on Saturday, and then will visit doctors when the team returns to New York on Monday with the hope that he will be cleared to work off the mound.

“I probably didn't even push off 100 percent today. I know I was pushing off harder than I was the other day. I'm still being cautious,” he said. "I want to keep getting my work in and look forward to getting back and talking to the doc to see when we can get on a mound; I would imagine that we're getting close."

As for CC Sabathia, who is on the DL with elbow soreness and inflammation, the Yankees’ ace has finally “gotten there.” Sabathia threw a 38-pitch bullpen session Tuesday, and reported no discomfort in his left elbow on Wednesday – meaning that he is on track to return from the disabled list on Friday to start the team’s series opener in Cleveland.

A roster move would need to be made to accommodate CC, but he could simply slot into the roster and the rotation in place of Nova, who felt a “grab” in his pitching shoulder on Tuesday night, returned to New York for tests on Wednesday and placed on the disabled list the next day. David Phelps is likely to get the call on Monday against Toronto.

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