TRENTON, N.J. (WFAN/AP) — Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte will return to New Jersey this week to make the next start of his comeback.
Pettitte is scheduled to be on the mound Wednesday night when the Trenton Thunder, New York’s Double-A team, hosts the Erie SeaWolves. It will be the second minor league game for the vetaran this season, as he tries to return to the majors following a one-year retirement.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi expects Pettitte to throw around 80-85 pitches.
“It’s getting close to a reality now,” said Girardi. “You’re up around 68 pitches, you’re getting closer. Andy was a guy that was, for the most part, right around 100 for us anyway all the time.”
How close is Pettitte? Girardi said three more minor league starts would be “realistic to look at.”
“Then you make an evaluation of where he’s at and what he needs,” he said.
Pettitte last pitched for the Thunder on an injury rehab assignment in September 2010.
Wednesday’s game, due to start at 7:05 p.m., is expected to draw a large crowd.
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