New York Yankees’ Andy Pettitte throws his second live batting practice
New York Yankees’ Andy Pettitte threw batting practice for the second time this spring on Tuesday.
Pettitte threw 35 pitches, 15 of which were without the batting practice screen, in order to simulate a game situation. He faced two batters, Nick Swisher being one of them.
The 39-year-old pitcher came out of retirement on March 16, signing a minor league contract.
It is likely that Pettitte will throw again at the end of the week. There is also a possibility that he will take the mound against the Mets next week in Tampa Bay.
“I think you just have to go by how he feels,” manager Joe Girardi said. “I hate to give a date, because then if he’s not quite ready to go or he needs a couple extra days, people might put up a red flag.”
Pettitte’s goal is to return to the Major Leagues by May 1.
“I went a little bit harder today,” Pettitte said. “I think each time I’m going a little bit harder. Larry [Rothschild] is worried about planning anything, because he doesn’t know how I’m going to react. I can [feel fatigue] when I hit around 30 pitches, and the screen is gone and you’re putting a little more into it. I haven’t been doing this. I can tell that’s what I have to build back up, where I can explode like I want to 100 times.”
Pettitte decided to come out of retirement after he realized he missed baseball and wanted to be back on the mound.
Pettitte will be starting the season in the minor leagues.