Andy Pettitte just threw 56 pitches (39 strikes) in a simulated game at Legends Field.
He faced 17 hitters and allowed four hits, three of them singles. He struck out three without a walk. He gave up one run.
Andy Phillips was 2 for 9 against Pettitte with a double. The rest of the at-bats were by minor leaguers Cody Ehlers and Justin Christian.
Posada caught Pettitte. The infield was A-Rod, Jeter, minor-league second baseman Kevin Russo and a slightly older, slick-fielding first baseman named Donald Arthur Mattingly.
Mattingly made a play on Phillips in the final inning. In the same inning, Jeter fielded a ball and threw short, forcing Mattingly to make a scoop.
So, Derek, did you do that on purpose?
“Nah,” said Jeter, who was grinning ear-to-ear.
Pettitte said he felt good and was able to work on his cutter. Phillips was happy to get the extra at-bats in and said he is ready to play in tomorrow’s game.
We also spoke to Bobby Abreu, who took 50 swings today and caught some balls in the outfield. He also did some throwing. He could take batting practice sometime this week.