Yanks shut down Pettitte today in Tampa
UPDATE: Andy Pettitte was scratched from his scheduled simulated game today, which puts a possible rehab appearance with the Thunder next week in jeopardy.
The NY Post, as usual, has the goods right here.
According to good pal and NY Post Yankees beat writer George King III, left-hander Andy Pettitte was on target to pitch Tuesday for the Thunder against Bowie at Waterfront Park as part of his injury rehab, but he could be pushed back after having his simulated game/side session shut down today because of a hip flexor.
Per-King, Pettitte and the Yankees should be able to confirm Tuesday’s appearance following a simulated game in Tampa today. If the veteran left-hander emerges from that workout without any issues with his groin strain, the Thunder can begin gearing up for its first major rehab appearance since Roger Clemens in 2007.
The appearance by Clemens, one of Pettitte’s best friends before allegations and, in the case of Pettitte, an admission of performance-enhancing drug use rocked the careers of both men, attracted a stadium-record 9,134 fans on May 23, 2007.
The last Yankees player to appear in Trenton was reliever Brian Bruney in June of 2009.
Pettitte, 38, has been out of the rotation since July 18. He is 11-2 with a 2.88 ERA in 18 starts (115 2.3 IP).
Selected in the 22nd round of the 1990 draft, Pettitte is 240-137 (.637) with a 3.87 ERA in 16 seasons with the Yankees and Houston Astros.
Pettitte is 18-9 with a 3.90 ERA in 40 postseason games, including 7-1 in the American League Championship Series.
Pettitte is a member of what is known in New York as “The Core 4” – a moniker given to Pettitte, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada, who have been with the Yankees for each of the team’s five World Series Championships since 1996.
On Friday, the Thunder are expected to be the next stop for Yankees reliever Alfredo Aceves.
Aceves, 27, has been out with a bulging disk in his back since May 9. He was 2-2 with a 1.80 ERA in seven starts at Double-A in 2008.
Aceves walked two and struck out one in 2/3 of an inning for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre during his first rehab appearance Tuesday.
Aceves is 3-0 with a save and a 3.00 ERA in 10 appearances this season.