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Pettitte throws off mound for first time

40-year-old throws about 20 pitches before Friday's game
08/31/2012 6:55 PM ET
By The Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) -- Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte has thrown off a mound for the first time since going on the disabled list June 28 with a broken left ankle.

Pettitte says he felt really good while making about 20 pitches Friday before New York's game against the Baltimore Orioles. The 40-year-old left-hander is trying to return before the end of the regular season so he could be included in a potential playoff rotation.

The three-time All-Star, baseball's career leader in postseason wins and starts, is scheduled to be examined Saturday by team physician Dr. Christopher Ahmad. Manager Joe Girardi says the next step for Pettitte will be a full bullpen session.

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