Andy Pettitte, on the disabled list since mid-July with a strained left groin, made his first rehab start on Thursday at Double-A Trenton. It might be his only one.
According to Chad Jennings of The Journal News, Pettitte fired four scoreless innings and allowed only two hits while striking out four. He topped out at just 51 pitches — 37 of which were strikes — but he looked effective enough and the Yanks may go ahead and bring him back to the major leagues early next week.
Look for an official decision from manager Joe Girardi and Co. over the weekend.
Pettitte, 38, had an 11-2 record, a 2.88 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP over 18 starts before getting injured. He is obviously going to play a major role in October for the AL East-leading Yanks, who are seeking their 28th World Series title. That impact may be felt sooner than expected.