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Yankees Expect Andy Pettitte Back Next Month

June 27, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte (46) leaves the game against the Cleveland Indians after an injury during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE
June 27, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte (46) leaves the game against the Cleveland Indians after an injury during the fifth inning at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE

While the New York Yankees’ starting rotation could use a boost, the club isn’t sure when they will be getting left-hander Andy Pettitte back. The veteran recently sustained a rehab setback that further pushes back his return to the majors, reports George A. King III of The New York Post:

With Ivan Nova getting spanked the past two outings and Freddy Garcia failing to provide consistent length, the Yankees’ rotation requires a boost.

That is expected to be supplied by Andy Pettitte, but general manager Brian Cashman can’t predict an exact date when the 40-year-old lefty will come off the disabled list. Pettitte has been out since June 27 with a fractured left ankle.

Cashman told reporters that the team is letting Pettitte’s "healing process take its course." The GM does expect to see the southpaw pitching in the big leagues next month, but he added that the recent setback "cost him a week to 10 days."

Prior to his ankle injury, Pettitte started nine games for the Yankees this season, posting an ERA of 3.22 over fifty-eight and two-thirds innings with 9.1 SO/9 and 2.3 BB/9.

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