After just one impressive 50-pitch bullpen session, the Yankees decided that Pettitte is ready to face hitters. Andy Pettitte is scheduled to pitch batting practice on Friday, at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
“We just have to watch his legs.” Girardi said. “[That's] the most important part. He’s thrown probably eight or nine bullpens, probably more than a lot of guys had thrown when they got here.”
Pettitte has been working out of his Texas home before signing a one-year minor league deal with the Yankees.
On Tuesday morning, Pettitte threw a secret bullpen session, which Joe Girardi considers to be the start of Pettitte’s spring.
The southpaw said he expects to need six weeks to prepare for pitching in Major Leagues games. Its been 17 months since Pettitte pitched to Major League hitters. Andy could rejoin the Yankees as early as May.
“It’s good to be hard, but I need to take it slow,” Pettitte said. “I’m glad I feel good right now, but I haven’t done anything in terms of covering the bases or running around. I know if I get too far ahead of myself, I could have a setback. I don’t want to have that.”
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