Andy Pettitte Moves To Double-A, Struggles

The first two games of Andy Pettitte's comeback were about what you'd expect from a (possible) future Hall of Famer facing kids in high-A, as he pitched quite well. His first stop in AA presented more of a speed bump. From Bob Klapisch:

In a 84-pitch outing, Pettitte surrendered four runs (three earned), seven hits and struck out three. It might’ve looked like the same old Andy to the untrained eye - the cap pulled down low, the big leg kick, the hard, biting cutter - but he wasn’t nearly the same pitcher who the Yankees last saw in 2010.

After touching 90 m.p.h. in his previous outings, Pettitte averaged 86 m.p.h. in this outing, and he was frustrated with the results.

Pettitte was in the middle of the plate so many times, he admitted, "I got away with a lot of pitches that were mistakes ... I don’t feel the strength is there yet."

There's extra scrutiny on Pettitte's comeback now that right-hander Michael Pineda is out for the season, but it doesn't seem like the Yankees are going to rush him.

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