Yankees’ Pettitte throws simulated game
Andy Pettitte has new spring routine, and he likes it.
The Yankees left-hander struck out three, walked one and allowed
one hit during a two-inning simulated game Sunday.
“I felt good,” Pettitte said. “Last year I did this, and to
me it’s good to break it in. I can make this pretty real even
though it’s a simulated game. It’s good for me, I think, for my
Pettitte threw 18 pitches to Randy Winn and Colin Curtis in both
innings in preparation for his first spring training start Friday
It was the first game-type action for Pettitte since pitching in
the World Series-clinching Game 6 in November. The simulated game
took place on a back field at the Yankees’ spring training complex
in front of around a dozen fans.
“I couldn’t get the big league field,” Pettitte joked. “I’ve
got a lawn mower out here (on the field).”
Pettitte used all his pitches, throwing 21 strikes.
Also, Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli is scheduled to see a
neurologist on Monday. He left Saturday’s game with a concussion
after being hit in the helmet by a pitched ball.
Cervelli also had a concussion in November after being struck by
a back swing during a winter league game.
“It’s a bigger concern,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said
about Cervelli having two recent concussions. “Hopefully he’s back
in a few days, but we’ll be cautious. You just take your
Girardi added that concussions are taken more seriously now than
in the past.
“You think about the players in football that had to retire,”
Girardi said. “I think it’s good that we pay more attention than
we used to. We used to say, ‘I got hit in the head.’ Now we
understand that there’s serious ramifications. You have to be