Andy Pettitte is no sure thing to pitch again this season following a recent setback with his broken ankle, but the 40-year-old sounds like someone planning to pitch in 2013.
Asked if he’d rule out coming back for another season, Pettitte told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York:
No, I wouldn’t. I mean, I’ll go home again and talk to my family about it and pray about it and really I’ll do what I feel like is the right thing to do. I really can’t tell you right now that there’s no way I’m [not] going to play.
Performance-wise coming back should be a no-brainer, as Pettitte was fantastic before the fluke injury with a 3.22 ERA and 59/15 K/BB ratio in 59 innings. He basically picked up right where he left off before retiring.
As for this season, Pettitte said: “I’m pretty much healed. Now it’s just a matter of not having a setback, you know?”
Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff hasn’t pitched in the majors yet this season as he suffered a lat injury in mid-March and has been on the disabled list since. He started a rehab stint in the minors last week, making a start for Double-A Reading on May 15 and another start for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday.
Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports that Eickhoff went a twinge in the fingertips of his right index and middle fingers late in Sunday’s outing after throwing a curve and on the subsequent pitch. The Phillies have paused Eickhoff’s rehab as a result and will evaluate him further.
Eickhoff went on the disabled list in late August last year due to nerve irritation in his right hand, so this latest setback could be related to that.
Eickhoff showed promise early in his career, posting a combined 3.44 ERA in 41 starts between 2015-16. He struggled to a 4.71 ERA last year before ending his season early with the nerve issue. Eickhoff was one of the many prospects the Phillies got from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels trade.