After giving up six runs (five earned) over 5 2/3 innings Monday during a start in extended spring training, Andy Pettitte said he is ready to return to the Yankees.
“I feel I’m strong enough and ready to make my next start with [the Yankees],” said Pettitte. “I feel good and it was another solid day. I felt the quality of pitches were as good as I’ve had in any of my starts up to now, and I was able to hold my velocity throughout [the outing]. I feel like I’m ready to help the team.” It’s worth noting that Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said prior to Monday’s outing that Pettitte would need at least two more tune-ups before being a realistic option to return to the big leagues. And Pettitte’s performance Monday, while not as bad as the box score indicates, will do little to change that. Barring something unusual, he appears on track to join the Yanks in mid-May.