Andy Pettitte threw 50 pitches in a simulated game this afternoon, however Yankees manager Joe Girardi said the veteran left-hander was only able to throw at about “75 percent effort” because he didn’t feel 100 percent with his groin according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.
As a result, Pettitte will rejoin the team in Kansas City on Saturday in order to be reevaluated. The Yankees don’t believe the setback is serious, however a potential minor league rehab appearance has been pushed back indefinitely.
Pettitte was originally expected to miss four to five weeks when he was placed on the disabled list with a Grade 1 strain of his left groin on July 20. There’s still a chance he’ll return within that window. Pettitte’s importance for a potential playoff series cannot be overstated, but we’re still a long way from panic mode here.
The Braves have signed former football player and current outfielder Sanders Commings, an Augusta, Georgia native, to a minor league contract, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
Commings, 26, was a defensive back who played for the University of Georgia before being selected by the Chiefs in the fifth round of the 2013 draft. He appeared in two games in the 2013 season.
Commings also played baseball for Westside High School and was selected by the Diamondbacks in the 37th round of the 2008 draft. He chose to attend the University of Georgia instead. When football didn’t pan out, Commings started training with Jerry Hairston, Jr. Hairston said he was “blown away” when he saw Commings hit for the first time.
Obviously, Commings’ path to success as a professional baseball player will be long, but it’s a no-risk flier for the Braves. The club has past experience with football players, including Deion Sanders and Brian Jordan.
The next task for the Braves will be to acquire Ryan Goins from the Blue Jays. That way, players will look at the lineup card each day to see if it’s Commings or Goins.
On Thursday afternoon, Rays pitcher Chris Archer asked his Twitter followers, “Lots swirling around what needs to be changed about the game of baseball. What do y’all want to see changed, if anything, & why?”
Tigers ace Justin Verlander responded:
To that, Archer said:
For what it’s worth, Verlander hasn’t been much of a hitter. In 47 career plate appearances, he has three singles and no extra-base hits. And if the AL did get rid of the DH rule, the Tigers would have nowhere to put Victor Martinez. Verlander, though, would have an easier time pitching to opposing pitchers rather than their DH’s.