Andy Pettitte continues to make progress in his rehab from a strained left groin.
According to Mike Mazzeo of the Newark Star-Ledger, the veteran left-hander threw a 55-pitch bullpen session on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium and reported feeling “good.”
“I threw 30 pitches like a warm-up, sat down for about five minutes and threw a good, hard simulated (25-pitch) innings,” said Pettitte. “I felt good and had no discomfort in there at all. This is definitely the best I’ve felt, I just want to continue to go out there and not have any problems.”
Pettitte was off to an incredible start this season before the groin issue sidelined him in mid-July. Once healthy, he will return to an 11-2 record, a 2.88 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. He’s also fanned 90 batters in 115.2 innings and allowed only 38 walks. The Yankees believe he is a little under two weeks from returning to the starting rotation.
The first few days of spring training have been pretty quiet. Guys are going about their business and games are being played, but we haven’t had any news or controversy or silliness or anything fun like that. That’s about to change, however, as Tim Tebow has arrived at Mets camp.
Tebow, a non-roster invite, arrived at the Mets facility in Port St. Lucie, Florida this morning and, unlike every other non-roster invite, had a press conference. You may be surprised to learn that he’s in great shape, is excited to get going and wants to improve steadily each day.
The plan for Tebow is to be a part of the minor league camp, not the major league one, so he’s not going to be as visible at workouts as you might expect. He will be playing in some major league spring training games, however, at least until we get deeper into spring training, after which you’d assume that veterans and players with a real shot of making the big club will play longer.
In the meantime, you can buy Tebow shirts. But not Curtis Granderson ones, it seems:
Or, I should say, it’s spring training for whatever automated timer thingie turns the sprinklers on and off.
This was the scene at Goodyear on Saturday as the Indians and Reds played in the bottom of the eighth in their spring training opener. Reds manager Bryan Price says that this was probably the second or third time this has happened in the middle of a game there.
Maybe investigate manually operating that bad boy? Just a suggestion!