Andy Pettitte hoping to return in about two weeks

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Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte was placed on the disabled list on July 20 with a Grade 1 strain of his left groin and told that he would miss four-to-five weeks.  Things haven’t run as smoothly with his rehab as the Yankees would have liked, but progress is being made now.

According to Chad Jennings of The Journal News, Pettitte threw a 35-pitch bullpen session Sunday and reported feeling great afterward.

“I heated it up pretty good,” he said. “I just felt good.”

Pettitte, 38, thinks he can be ready in two weeks.  He will return to a stellar 11-2 record, 2.88 ERA and 1.20 WHIP, and will play a major role down the stretch for the Yanks, who are tied for first place with the Rays in the American League East.

Angels sign Chris Carter to minor league contract

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The Angels have signed 1B/DH Chris Carter to a minor league contract, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports notes that Carter will earn a $1.175 million salary if he makes the major league roster and he can earn another $600,000 in incentives.

Carter, 31, struggled mightily with the Yankees last year before being released in July. He hit .201/.284/.370 with eight home runs and 26 RBI in 208 plate appearances. The Athletics signed him later that month, but spent the rest of his season with Triple-A Nashville.

The Angels dealt C.J. Cron to the Rays on Saturday, so Carter helps add depth in that area.