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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.

How Pettitte talked his way back out for the eighth

The Yankees don’t want to make a habit of having Andy Pettitte throw 115 pitches, but the look in the lefty’s eyes convinced manager Joe Girardi to send the 39-year-old back out for the eighth inning on Friday — despite what sounded like reservations from head athletic trainer Steve Donohue.

I’ll let Pettitte tell the story, recounting what happened in the dugout during the New York seventh inning:

“It was kind of funny. Joe comes and goes, ‘I don’t want to push you too hard,’ and I was getting a little bit of a massage from our trainer. I’m like, ‘I’m good. I feel like I can give you another one.’ I knew I was getting a little tired but I was staying within myself. Our trainer says, ‘How many pitches you got?’

“I think he said like 106. He’s like, ‘Maybe you ought to go pitch to pitch.’ Stevie drops that on him. Anyhow, I felt like I was in a good rhythm. I know Joe trusts me and I felt like I could give him another inning. I’m thankful that I told him I was good and I was able to get through that inning.”

It worked out, as Pettitte pitched a perfect eighth to complete his longest scoreless outing since July 8, 2008 against Tampa Bay. It was also Pettitte’s first victory since July 8, 2010 against the Mariners.

“It’s not something I want to do on a consistent basis,” Girardi said. “He looked like his stuff was still really good. I know he has to go again in five days and then he gets an extra day, and I think about that as well. It was just kind of the way he looked, and I talked to him. I looked him in the eyes.”

Here is Girardi’s postgame press conference:

Pettitte expected to start for Yankees on Sunday

NEW YORK – The Yankees plan to add Andy Pettitte to their active roster and have him pitch on Sunday against the Seattle Mariners, general manager Brian Cashman said.

“I think everyone is in agreement, he’s not going to benefit from any more time down there (in the Minor Leagues),” Cashman said.

The start will be the 39-year-old’s first big league outing since the 2010 ALCS. He came out of retirement this spring after briefly attending camp as a guest instructor.

“If there’s a gap between the old Andy Pettitte and what we’re going to get, I don’t know yet,” Cashman said. “It’ll be nice to get another healthy arm in the mix.”

Cashman said that manager Joe Girardi and his coaches were in agreement that Pettitte could help the big league team after reviewing reports of his last start at Triple-A.

“I think our fans are excited, Andy is excited and I’ll be excited if he plugs in and helps us,” Cashman said.

Pettitte to pitch Wednesday for Trenton

Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte is scheduled to pitch for the Double-A Trenton Thunder on Wednesday, expected to throw 80 to 85 pitches, manager Joe Girardi said.

This rehab start, set for 7:05 p.m. ET against Erie at Waterfront Park in Trenton, would put Pettitte two or three turns away from joining the big league rotation. That is a nice boost considering the setback the Yankees had with Michael Pineda’s right shoulder.

Pettitte looks good in live BP

Andy Pettitte threw 35 pitches of live batting practice this afternoon, roughly the equivalent of two innings of work, and looked good as he pitched to Nick Swisher and Chris Dickerson.

“It was a good day, a positive day,” Pettitte said. “It’s a step in the right direction.”

Pettitte said that Swisher told him his changeup, four-seamer and sinker were strong, though Pettitte acknowledged he is “a long way from” being ready to drive his legs for 100 or so pitches in a game situation. Joe Girardi seems to be thinking about getting Pettitte into the April 4 game against the Mets.

“It’s not really important for me to get into a game, but I’m excited to get into a game whenever I can,” Pettitte said.

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