The New York Yankees have spent the beginning of the
exhibition season without shortstop Derek Jeter and starting pitcher Andy
Pettitte. However, both veterans are expected to make their spring training
debuts soon, according to Adam Berry and Matthew Leach of MLB.com.
Pettitte threw a simulated game Friday morning, facing three
hitters – including Jeter. Following his appearance, the left-hander said he’s
prepared to make his spring training debut. If he remains on four days rest,
Pettitte would make his first start of the spring Wednesday against the
Pettitte said his fastball command wasn’t as sharp as it was
in his last simulated game. But the 40-year-old doesn’t consider it to be a big
deal, noting that it’ll be good to get into a ‘real’ game.
Jeter returned to camp Friday after getting clearance on his
surgically repaired left ankle. He went 1-for-5 against Pettitte, and this
would appear to be his final step before making his spring debut.
The Yankees have yet to set a specific date, but Berry and
Leach believe Jeter will be in an exhibition lineup “very soon.” Jeter has yet
to run the bases at full-speed, but this won’t be an immediate issue since
Jeter won’t need to go all-out in the designated hitter position he’s going to
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