Monday, May 7, 2012
“I’m going to let them, let everybody, know what we’ve got going on,” Pettitte told reporters in Rochester. “I feel like I’m ready, and I think they’re ready for me to come up.”
In his sixth minor-league start since coming out of retirement in March, Pettitte pitched five innings for Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Only three of Pettitte’s five runs were earned, but he gave up eight hits and walked two. He allowed 10 hits in his previous minor-league start in extended spring training.
Pettitte hasn’t gotten really good results over his last two starts for AA Trenton and the AAA Barnstorming Yankees. He’s allowed 15 hits and 9 runs over 10 innings while walking 3 and striking out 8. That doesn’t really mean all that much though, since he’s probably working on getting right physically and less concerned about shutting down the other team.
That being said, I’m guessing the Yankees will have him make one more start in the minors before recalling him. They still have to get him on the 40 man roster and they probably don’t want to make a roster move until they have a better idea of the health of Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher. David Phelps has probably also earned at least one more start to show the Yankees a little bit more about what they might have with him.
I suppose they could move Cesar Cabral and/or Brad Meyers to the 60 day DL in a pinch to handle the 40 man roster situation, but I’m not sure who would go from the 25 man to get Pettitte on. Probably Cody Eppley.
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