Andy Pettitte’s session against live hitters in Tampa didn’t go as the Yankees would have hoped today.
He threw the full 50 pitches, but according to manager Joe Girardi, Pettitte didn’t feel comfortable going 100 percent with his groin and was only able to throw at about 75 percent effort.
Pettitte will head to Kansas City to be seen on Saturday, and the Yankees don’t think this is especially serious.
“Part of it could be that he feels a little something and is afraid to let it go,” Girardi said. “I think he did the right thing by not trying to push it. If he needs more time, then he needs more time.”
But as of now, this is a setback, and it’s looking like his timetable may be closer to the conservative four to five weeks originally provided when he went on the disabled list July 20. Pettitte won’t throw another simulated game until at least Wednesday.