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.