Andy Pettitte made his second tune-up start with High-A on Sunday on his way back to the majors. He threw four innings, allowed two hits, fanned four and did not give up an out in the air. He threw 47 pitches and said
afterward, to an MLB.com reporter, that he will "for sure" make starts with the Thunder before re-donning the pinstripes.
In a text message after his start today, Yankees player development boss Mark Newman said the organization had not determined where Pettitte's next start will be. Still, with Tampa scheduled to be on the road and the Thunder scheduled to be at Waterfront Park next Friday, five days from this outing, there's a good chance Pettitte might show up against the Harrisburg Senators.
A scout at yesterday's game told The Trentonian that Pettitte was between 87 and 89 miles per hour on Monday and had good command to both sides of the plate. The scout also said Pettitte's slider looked better than his curveball, and his change-up was OK. He said Pettitte looked ready, but just needed to be stretched out some more.
Joe Girardi told reporters before Sunday's Yankees game that Pettitte would need six starts before returning to the Bronx, meaning he's slated for four more appearances in the minor leagues.
For scheduling's sake, let's take a look at how this could play out:
If Pettitte does indeed start with the Thunder on Friday, he also could conceivably start again at Waterfront Park on Wednesday the 25th, then against Portland at Hadlock Park on April 30, then back at Waterfront Park against New Hampshire on May 5. That, of course, assumes he makes his final four starts exclusively with Trenton.
It's also worth noting that on Sunday the Yankees started Pettitte on five days' rest instead of the normal four. If that keeps up, here's how it might look if he stayed exclusively with the Thunder for his final starts.
Start at Waterfront Park on Saturday, April 21
Start for SWB at Lehigh Valley on Saturday, April 27
Start at Portland on Thursday, May 3
Start at Reading on Wednesday, May 9