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Andy Pettitte Closer To Returning From Groin Injury

New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte took another step toward returning to the starting rotation when he threw a simulated inning before Monday’s Yankees-Red Sox game according to Ian Begley.

“Today was good,” he said. “I pushed it and now I’m going to continue the process.”

Pettitte’s only concern after Monday’s session was his arm stamina. He will need at least one minor-league rehab start before returning to the Bronx.

“I’m not gonna come back here [too quickly] and do something stupid,” he said. "If I don’t feel comfortable in a rehab start or whatever I’ll take an extra one because I don’t want to aggravate this any more or hurt this any more.

Pettitte, who was placed on the disabled list July 20, is 11-2 in 18 starts with a 2.88 ERA this season.