Unfortunately, the minor league season will be ending very soon, and though Empire State and Trenton will both be playing in their respective postseason tournaments, there will be limited opportunities for Pettitte to make rehab appearances in the minors, something that everyone is well aware of. “Whenever he does get on the mound, the process is probably going to have to be accelerated just because of the time frame,” manager Joe Girardi said yesterday. Girardi then indicated that Pettitte could rehab by throwing some simulated games, and perhaps getting stretched out on the fly in the major leagues. “If a guy can only give you maybe 60-75 pitches, you could do it because the roster is expanded,” Girardi said.
Obviously the ideal thing would be to get Pettitte minor league work if at all possible, but failing that I see no reason why he couldn’t rehab in September. As Girardi says, the expanded rosters will give the Yankees the ability to carry extra relievers, thereby absorbing the strain of having a starter with a very limited pitch allowance.… Click here to read the rest