Andy Pettitte 'ready' after simulated game
Andy Pettitte threw 55 pitches in four innings of a simulated game Wednesday at Fenway Park in Boston prior to the Yankees' meeting with the Red Sox, and said that he feels he is ready to return to the active roster.
"Can I give you 100 pitches? No. But I feel my stuff has been crisp," said Pettitte, who believes he can throw between 60 and 65. "Just let me go out there and compete."
Pettitte has been out since a line drive fractured his left ankle on June 27, and said that at this point, his stamina is a bigger issue than either his arm or his ankle; but as manager Joe Girardi told the media in his pregame press conference, the results and actions of a simulated game itself can't always be the sole test of a pitcher's readiness.
“(In a simulated game, fielding a bunt) is what’s called controlled; they roll it out there, and he knew it was coming,” Girardi said, referencing a bunt drill play that Pettitte executed during the simulation. “It wasn’t something that he had to react quickly to, and that’s a different story.”
Pettitte is 3-3 with a 3.22 ERA in nine starts after he ended his one-year retirement during Spring Training, and while he feels he is ready for to add to those totals, he will leave it up to the team's coaching staff to determine his status – a decision Girardi said won't be made for at least another 48 hours.
“He’s going to see the doctor on Friday and his leg is going to be evaluated, and that’s going to have something to do with it,” Girardi said. “If the doctor feels it is completely healed, that’s a decision we have to make … but bottom line is you can’t throw a guy out there who’s not ready; that’s not fair to him, and that’s not fair to us.”
Girardi also said that the results of David Phelps' start on Wednesday night will "have no bearing" on the team's decision, although with the skipper's announcement that Ivan Nova will return to the rotation to replace Freddy Garcia on Saturday, it would almost certainly be Phelps' spot that is taken by Pettitte when he does return.