Going to have to make this quick. We had to wait for a long time to talk to Andy Pettitte after his bullpen, but he wasn’t able to give us much information other than the fact the session went well. He said he threw 35 to 40 pitches. It was his first time all the way up the mound after two half-mound bullpens.
“I hope to maybe get back on there Sunday,” he said. “I don’t know if they might want me to wait two days and wait until Monday, but I’d love to try to throw another one on Sunday and then maybe early next week do something, whether it’s a simulated game or something maybe controlled or if they want me to make a rehab start. I’m not real sure. That’s just me talking.”
Pettitte said he never felt any pain in the bullpen, and this week he was able to start doing some work with his legs in the weight room, working against some resistance.
“Being up there, I’d say the first 20 pitches I was a little cautious because I’m scared a little bit,” he said. “I don’t want to it to hurt again. Once I throw and push off, each pitch I felt like I got a little more confident. It was a good day for me.”
• Joe Girardi on Jorge Posada being out of the lineup: “We’ve caught Jorge three out of the five days, basically and that’s what I’ll continue to do for the most part. With Lance’s arrival, he’s going to DH a lot.”
• Girardi said someone might takeover the eighth inning at some point, but for now he’s content to mix and match with Joba Chamberlain, Kerry Wood and Dave Robertson.
• This is the start of 20 games in a row, during which Andy Pettitte could come off the disabled list. Girardi said he has not finished mapping out how he might use his rotation through this stretch.
• Oddly enough, one of the big topics around the team was the status of Mark Feinsand’s calf. He strained the muscle during this morning’s game, and he was hobbling all around the clubhouse. Mark said Derek Jeter heard about the injury and said, “See, not so easy is it?”
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