Andy Pettitte goes five innings in Wednesday rehab start

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Andy Pettitte continues to make his way through the various levels of the Yankees’ minor league system, tuning up for a return to Major League Baseball.

His latest stop? The Double-A Trenton Thunder.

As noted by Thunder beat writer Mike Ashmore, Pettitte allowed seven hits and four runs  — three earned — over five innings Wednesday night against the Tigers’ Double-A affiliate from Erie, Pennsylvania, walking one but striking out three. He sat around 88 mph with his fastball — which is normal — and tossed 59 of his 81 pitches for strikes.

Pettitte will likely need at least two more rehab starts to get sufficiently stretched out for major league action.

He inked a minor league deal with the Yankees this winter after sitting out the 2011 season. That pact became extra crucial with this afternoon’s revelation that Michael Pineda needs season-ending shoulder surgery.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.