Andy Pettitte scratched from simulated game Thursday

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MLB.com beat writer Bryan Hoch reports that Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte was scratched from a simulated game on Thursday in Florida after feeling some tightness in the area of his hip flexor muscle.

The Yankees aren’t calling this a setback just yet and are hoping that he will be able to throw the simulated game on Friday.  Of course, if the veteran southpaw can’t, it could significantly delay his return to New York’s starting rotation.

Pettitte, 38, has been on the disabled list with a Grade 1 tear of his left groin since late July.  He had a 11-2 record, a 2.88 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP in 18 starts before the injury.  The Yanks will survive his absence — even if it’s now extended — but they’ll obviously want him to get some work in before the start of the playoffs.  For now that shouldn’t be an issue.