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

first start.”

Pettitte threw 18 pitches to Randy Winn and Colin Curtis in both

innings in preparation for his first spring training start Friday

against Washington.

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

time.”

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

careful.”