Andy Pettitte appears to be on the fast track to return to the New York Yankees. The recently un-retired left-hander took another big step in his comeback on Sunday, pitching four scoreless innings for the Class A Tampa Yankees.
The Trentonian's Trenton Thunder beat writer, Josh Norris, reported that a scout in attendance said Pettitte, 39, ""looks ready, but just needs to be stretched out."
Pettitte retired after the 2010 season, during which he went 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA and made the American League All-Star Team. He decided this spring, however, to return to the Yankees.
Pettitte is expected to be ready sometime in May, barring any physical setbacks. Once he returns he will rejoin the Yankees starting rotation, meaning one of the current five starters will be bumped. Phil Hughes, hit hard in a loss on Saturday, is currently the most likely candidate to be dropped from the rotation.