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Nova throws simulated game, Pettitte next

09/11/2012 5:55 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
The Yankees received good news about a pair of injured pitchers on Tuesday.

Ivan Nova, who was officially activated from the disabled list on Saturday after missing two weeks with shoulder inflammation, threw a simulated game at Fenway Park on Tuesday, and said he felt good after tossing roughly 40 pitches. Nova was listed on Tuesday's lineup card among the starting pitchers, but despite speculation that he could return to the rotation as soon as this weekend against Tampa Bay, YES’ Meredith Marakovits Tweeted that Nova “has not been told anything other than that he is in the bullpen” for now.

Meanwhile, one pitcher who is still on the disabled list, veteran lefty Andy Pettitte, is ready to take the next step in his rehab from a fractured ankle. Pettitte has been cleared to resume running, and after throwing a light bullpen session on Monday, he is scheduled to throw a simulated game on Wednesday.

The lefty will not be able to have a true Minor League rehab assignment, as Trenton is the only Yankees Minor League squad still active (and their season will be over within the next week), but if all goes well in the simulated game, Pettitte could be on track to rejoin the Yankees before the conclusion of the regular season.

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