According to the New York Post, Andy Pettitte may be back in the New York Yankees starting rotation by Tuesday or Wednesday of next week if today’s simulated game goes well. Pettitte, who surprisingly returned the Yankees this season on a one-year deal, fractured his ankle back on June 27th after being hit by a line drive. On the year, Pettitte was pitching well, posting a 3.22 ERA, 3.41 FIP, 2.96 xFIP, 25.2 K% and 6.4 BB% in nine starts.
New York has struggled as of late, going 23-28 in their last 51 games. Once thought to be a lock to win the American League East, they now see themselves in a tie with Baltimore for the division lead. The ten game advantage they once owned over the O’s back on July 17th is a thing of the past, and with teams like the Rays and Angels playing good baseball, even locking up a Wild Card spot may be a tough assignment.