The most important pitches thrown today in Chicago might belong to Andy Pettitte, who is scheduled for a short bullpen session of 20 to 25 pitches.
“I think we’re all curious to see how he’s going to do,” Joe Girardi said. “I think there’s anxiety on Andy’s part and on everybody’s part… I think it will be a good indicator. Every time that he’s tried to really push off, he’s felt a little tug. If he’s able to really push off on Friday, that would tell me that he’s healed.”
“That would be a pretty big setback,” Girardi said.
To say the least. If all goes well today, Pettitte scheduled would include an extended bullpen, then a simulated game, then a rehab start or two, possibly in the minor league playoffs. First things first, he has to get through today without any problems.
“I think it’s extremely important,” Girardi said. “Andy is a guy that has pitched in those type of games in September, October and now sometimes we play in November. He understands what it’s like to pitch in those type of games.”
Associated Press photo of Pettitte