Yesterday was a rough one on the field for the Yanks, who lost their 3rd straight game and 5th of their last 7. The news was much better off the field, as a trio of important veterans took another big step towards returning and providing a much needed boost.
Andy Pettitte threw a 75-pitch simulated game at the team's complex in Tampa, reporting no problems with any part of his back. No word on whether he'll be scheduled for a MiL start or not, but he could rejoin the rotation next week. Mark Teixeira, now confirmed to be starting his MiL rehab assignment with Double-A Trenton today, got a partner for that trip when the Yanks announced that Kevin Youkilis would be joining him. During his pregame presser last night, Joe said it was possible that both could rejoin the team as early as Friday after playing in 2 rehab games.
While I'd prefer to see both guys get a little more rehab game time under their belts to make sure their bodies respond favorably to playing every day, I trust the Yankee training staff knows what it's doing. It's not like the lineup couldn't use both bats right now, and the presence of David Adams gives Joe the option of using the DH spot for both players against LHP. First let's see how these 2 games go before we worry about that.