Monday, August 30, 2010

Quick Pettitte return would boost Yankees

If Andy Pettitte can return to the rotation in two weeks, that would provide a major lift that could carry the New York Yankees right into the playoffs.

It may be an optimistic scenario, given that he has spent more than a month on the disabled list and already had one setback. But Pettitte himself was encouraged by the lack of pain during his bullpen session Sunday. Perhaps more importantly, Joe Girardi seems convinced that Pettitte was telling him the truth when he reported no ill effects from the session.

Although the Yankees have gotten solid starts from Dustin Moseley and Ivan Nova, they'd much rather have Pettitte, even at less than 100%, starting big games against the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox in late September. If Pettitte can avoid reinjuring himself during his two weeks of rehab, he would quickly reenter the rotation, which would boost the Yankees’ postseason hopes. Pettitte at less than full strength is still a better option in an important game than an erratic AJ Burnett, unreliable Javier Vazquez or one of the youngsters that have no big-game experience.

We’ll keep our fingers crossed that Pettitte continues to feel good and can help his team secure a spot for October baseball.

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