Andy Pettitte barehands ball, stays in game
Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte snared a one-hopper back to the mound with his bare hand in the top of the sixth inning on Sunday against the Mets, then stayed in the game to finish the inning.
Pettitte put his hand in front of Scott Hairston’s chopper back to the mound and the ball stuck, which Pettitte tossed to first base. He appeared to be in some pain as Joe Girardi and assistant trainer Mark Littlefield came to the mound, throwing several warm-up pitches, but Pettitte was able to convince them to let him stay in the game.
Pettitte got the next two outs on Lucas Duda’s strikeout and Vinny Rottino’s deep flyout, ending the inning, then disappeared down the dugout runway – presumably for treatment. Clay Rapada took over the pitching for the seventh inning with the Yankees trailing, 3-0.