Andy Pettitte scratched from simulated game Thursday

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MLB.com beat writer Bryan Hoch reports that Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte was scratched from a simulated game on Thursday in Florida after feeling some tightness in the area of his hip flexor muscle.

The Yankees aren’t calling this a setback just yet and are hoping that he will be able to throw the simulated game on Friday.  Of course, if the veteran southpaw can’t, it could significantly delay his return to New York’s starting rotation.

Pettitte, 38, has been on the disabled list with a Grade 1 tear of his left groin since late July.  He had a 11-2 record, a 2.88 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in 18 starts before the injury.  The Yanks will survive his absence — even if it’s now extended — but they’ll obviously want him to get some work in before the start of the playoffs.  For now that shouldn’t be an issue.

Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees manager job today

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MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees’ manager job today. No word as to whether he hit a big home run.

Boone, an ESPN analyst, obviously has some history with the Yankees, but he has no coaching experience at any level. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote earlier this week of Boone that the Yankees “are intrigued if his charisma and passion can compensate for inexperience.” I’d say the answer to that question, whenever asked and in whatever context, is always “no,” but I suppose there’s a first time for everything.

So far the Yankees have interviewed Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge and Hensley Meulens. Yesterday Brian Cashman said there was no rush to fill the job, and that the Winter Meetings are not a deadline for the team in doing so.