Andy Pettitte "feeling good" after throwing from flat ground


On the disabled list with a strained groin, Andy Pettitte did some running, participated in agility drills, and threw from flat ground today at the Yankees’ spring training complex in Florida, saying afterward that he’s “feeling good.”
Pettitte was 11-2 with a 2.88 ERA before suffering a Grade 1 groin strain while throwing a pitch against the Rays on July 17. Initially expected to miss 4-5 weeks, Pettitte has indicated that he’s made some good progress and now hopes to return slightly ahead of schedule.
Sergio Mitre struggled stepping into the rotation for Pettitte over the weekend, so the Yankees have bumped him back to the bullpen and are turning to Dustin Moseley to pitch Thursday against the Indians.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.