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Yankees’ Andy Pettitte To Make Appearance Vs. Mets In Spring Finale

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFAN/AP) — Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte is ready for a taste of in-game action.

And it’ll come Wednesday in the spring finale against the crosstown rival Mets.

The 39-year-old is set to pitch one inning at Steinbrenner Field. Pettitte called it a big step in his return after his workout Tuesday.

Pettitte made 25 pitches off a bullpen mound Monday, two days after his second simulated game.

“I bounced back really good after that last outing,” Pettitte said. “I wanted to throw this ‘pen and see how I felt. I felt really good.”

Pettitte ended a one season retirement by agreeing to a minor league contract on March 16, and could be ready to join the Yankees in May.

NOTES: RHP Michael Pineda (right shoulder) got treatment and ran in the outfield in Tampa. He will start the regular season on the DL. … Reliever David Aardsma, coming off elbow ligament replacement surgery last July, is throwing to a catcher at 60 feet on level ground.

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