New York Yankees legend Andy Pettitte made his spring training debut on Wednesday. The lefthander pitched the sixth inning of a game against the New York Mets, facing three minor league hitters. It was a positive step forward for Pettitte's return this season.
Pettitte allowed a leadoff single to Cory Vaughn, who was thrown out while trying to steal. He got another hitter out on an infield pop-up and a grounder. His fastball touched 86 mph on the radar gun and his curve ball was clocked in the mid-70s. More importantly, he managed to keep his pitches around the plate.
Manager Joe Girardi had this to say:
"I thought he was all right. It was good to see him get on the hill," Girardi said after the Yankees' 8-3 win.
Pettitte, 39, is attempting a comeback this season. The last time he pitched was in the 2010 postseason.