Brian Heyman here for Chad today at Yankee Stadium for this series finale. Andy Pettitte threw warmups, sat for five minutes, then tossed his 20-minute bullpen session this morning. He said he still has to be get back in shape coming back from his groin strain. He said his left leg felt fatigued after pushing himself, but he thought that was normal. He also said his arm is in good shape.
The next step is to throw a simulated game on Thurday or Friday in Tampa. And if all goes well, he will take one minor-league rehab start next week. The hope is for him to return vs. in the Aug. 21 or 22 range. But Pettitte said if he doesn’t feel comfortable in the rehab start, he will take one extra to be on the safe side. “I realize I’m not here to win one game in August,” Pettitte said. …
A.J. Burnett was going to test his lower back by playing catch before this game, but we didn’t see him in the clubhouse after that to see how it went. Before he went out, he said his lower back spasms/tightness scared him since he hadn’t had a back problem before. He was playing catch with Dave Eiland on Saturday. “It just went out,” Burnett said. He still asked to pitch last night, but Joe Girardi decided to play it safe and start him tomorrow night in Texas.
“It was the right call,” Burnett said. “The extra day totally helped. … It feels a lot better today.”
Girardi expects him to make that start — unless, of course, there was a problem with today’s throwing. …
Girardi said he prefers to keep Jorge Posada and Francisco Cervelli paired with same pitchers when possible. Posada is catching for the third day in a row. …
The Yankees are starting a stretch against four lefties in a row. Brett Gardner, who has been slumping, isn’t starting today against Jon Lester. Austin Kearns is in left. Girardi said Curtis Granderson may sit tomorrow night against C.J. Wilson. …
Girardi also likes the improvement he has seen in Boone Logan in his bullpen.
“He’s gotten big outs for us,” Girardi said.
Here’s the Boston lineup:
1. Marco Scutaro SS
2. J.D. Drew RF
3. Victor Martinez C
4. David Ortiz DH
5. Adrian Beltre 3B
6. Mike Lowell 1b
7. Ryan Kalish LF
8. Bill Hall 2B
9. Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Jon Lester P