Aceves strong, Pettitte rehab on hold
Did everyone enjoy last night’s 26-pitch minor-league rehabilitation appearance by Yankees’ reliever Alfredo Aceves during Trenton’s 4-1 win over Harrisburg?
The Thunder front office certainly hopes so, because the right-hander Aceves may be the only Yankees’ pitcher fans at Waterfront Park see in Trenton for a while.
Left-hander Andy Pettitte experienced discomfort in his injured left groin during yesterday’s 50-pitch simulated game in Tampa, Fla., and will not make a rehab start with Double-A Trenton, or anyone else, next week.
“I definitely think he thinks it’s a setback,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said of Pettitte.
(Thanks to N.Y. Post beat man George King for hooking us up with the quote!)
“I think he felt he was going to go through this (simulated game) and make a rehab start, (but) it did not go as well as we wanted. He felt like he could only push off 75 percent.”
The first red flag on Pettitte went up Thursday morning when the Yankees pulled the plug on his first scheduled throwing session after he experienced tightness in his hip flexor near the injured area.
Pettitte was targeted to pitch for the Thunder next week against Bowie if he had made it through the simulated game without any issues.
Pettitte, 38, has been on the 15-day disabled list since July 18 and is hoping to return to the rotation before Sept. 1.
Enjoying one of the finest seasons of his 16-year career, Pettitte (11-2, 2.88 ERA) will not attempt to throw another simulated game until Tuesday at the earliest and that almost assuredly will take place at the organization’s minor league facility in Tampa.
On a 35-pitch limit, Aceves retired all six Harrisburg batters he faced with one strikeout and threw 18 of his 26 pitches for strikes. D.J. Mitchell took over to start the third inning.
Aceves, 27, has been out since May 9 with a bulging disk in his back. He was 3-0 with a 3.00 ERA and one save in 10 games before being shelved.
For the rest of the story, including quotes from Aceves, click The Times of Trenton/nj.com version here.
For complete Aceves coverage, including video, you know Mike Ashmore has it all right here so go there.
Oh, wait a sec, Mike also has coverage of Yankees’ postseason legend Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez, who also was in the house last night with Harrisburg as he works his way back to the big leagues.