Well, the day has arrived.
Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte will take the mound Sunday afternoon in Baltimore for the first time since July 18, when he suffered a groin strain during a start against the Rays. He is expected to pitch on normal rest down the stretch and will have a spot in the Yanks’ October rotation unless something goes terribly wrong.
Pettitte, 38, had an 11-2 record, a 2.88 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 18 starts before going down. He has fanned 90 batters and walked just 38 in 115.2 innings.
If the veteran southpaw continues to cruise like he had been earlier this season, he will finish with a five-year low ERA and a five-year low WHIP. Pettitte inked a one-year, $11.75 million contract this past winter and has not committed to a plan for 2011.
White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar passed out in the dugout after completing his outing against the Astros on Friday evening. The cause of the incident has yet to be determined, but Farquhar was supervised by the club’s medical personnel and EMTs and regained consciousness before being taken to Rush University Medical Center for further treatment and testing. A diagnosis has not been announced by the team.
Farquhar pitched 2/3 of an inning in relief during Friday’s 10-0 loss to Houston. He was brought in to relieve James Shields in the top of the sixth inning and was immediately bested by George Springer, who belted a ground-rule double down the right field line and scored Brian McCann and Derek Fisher for the Astros’ sixth and seventh runs of the night. He recovered to strike out Jose Altuve, but was again punished with a two-run homer from Carlos Correa (his first of two), and induced a fly out to end the inning.
The 31-year-old righty pitched just 7 1/3 innings with the club prior to Friday’s performance, issuing four hits, three runs, two homers and eight strikeouts in seven appearances.