Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte is taken out of the game by manager Joe Girardi after being hit by a batted ball from Cleveland Indians first baseman Casey Kotchman (not pictured) during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

Andy Pettitte May Return From Ankle Fracture Tuesday

Casey Kotchman hit Andy Pettitte in the ankle with a batted ball June 27, but now Pettitte may finally be ready to head back to the mound.

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Andy Pettitte Could Return To Yankees Tuesday

Veteran left-hander Andy Pettitte could make his long-awaited return to the mound for the New York Yankees as early as Tuesday. Sidelined since late June with a left ankle fracture, Pettitte says he is "ready" to return but is awaiting final approval from the team doctor, per The New York Times:

Pettitte, 40, may feel that he is ready, but the Yankees not yet convinced. They will send Pettitte to see Dr. Christopher Ahmad, the team physician, Friday. If he is cleared, Pettitte could conceivably start Tuesday at Yankee Stadium in place of David Phelps.

Pettitte has thrown several bullpens and three simulated games during his rehab -- the latest a four-inning, 55-pitch outing on Wednesday -- but has not had the opportunity to appear in a live-game setting because of the minor-league season coming to an end.

If Pettitte does return on Tuesday, the young right-hander Phelps is likely to return to his role as a long-man in the bullpen.


Andy Pettitte Placed On 60-Day DL

Just the other day, Andy Pettitte was knocked down and out by a baseball hit by Casey Kotchman. Pettitte suffered an ankle fracture, and early word was that he wouldn't return to the Yankees until at least the middle of August. Now we have a clearer picture of the timetable:

Pettitte, obviously, cannot be activated from the 60-day DL until at least 60 days have passed, so he's out for a minimum of two months. Which means, instead of targeting the middle of August, the Yankees are targeting the end of August, as a best-case scenario. Lots of things yet to occur or not occur between now and then.

Pettitte had been probably the Yankees' most effective starting pitcher before getting hurt. With both Pettitte and Sabathia on the DL, starting spots will be given to Freddy Garcia and Adam Warren. Warren was drafted by the Yankees in the fourth round in 2009, and the righty has been just all right in 2012 with triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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