The New York Yankees are fighting for first place in the AL East and are hoping by this weekend to have some of their walking wounded back in action.
Mark Teixeira technically wasn't put on the DL after straining his calf left calf over a week ago. Yesterday he ran in the outfield before the Yankees and Orioles game last night. Teixeira told the media he wasn't 100%, but after running 10-12 full sprints he believed he would be able to come back as early as tonight. If not over the weekend is a possibility.
Ivan Nova completed a great bullpen session on Thursday and manager Joe Girardi told MLB.com, "We're considering him a rotation guy," Girardi said. "We don't consider him a bullpen guy. I want to see how he feels [Friday] before we decide what's next for him."
Nova was put on the DL with right rotator cuff inflammation and because he hasn't been out that long they don't believe his stamina has been affected. The Yankees believe 80-90 pitches is not out of the question. There was speculation Nova could pitch as early as Sunday against Baltimore replacing the ineffective Freddy Garcia. No official announcement has been made regarding that rumor.
Andy Pettitte pitched a simulated game on Wednesday throwing 15 pitches. "I felt like I threw the ball well," Pettitte said. "I felt like I was pushing off full. I almost tried to make it like a game, so it was a good day. For me, it's a good way to ramp it up pretty quick."
Pettitte may pitch again in Baltimore this weekend and with the Minor League season finished the Yankees will have to build up Andy's pitch count without the luxury of a rehab assignment.
Girardi suggested that they would be comfortable adding him back to the rotation once he could build up to 60 pitches or four innings. Andy has only been strengthening his legs with a bike, but it is not the same as running and throwing pitches. He has yet to be cleared to run by a physician.
David Aardsma and Pedro Feliciano have been throwing in the minors and both can possibly see Major League action this September.
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