New York Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte pitched four shutout innings in a minor league rehab start Thursday night and said it felt good to be back on the mound.
Pettitte allowed two hits and struck out four in Double-A Trenton’s Eastern League playoff game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats in Trenton, N.J. He had 37 strikes among his 51 pitches.
“I want to get back,” he said after detouring to the bullpen for an additional 14 pitches. “I want to pitch in the big leagues as soon as I can and help my club. I feel I can give us a pretty decent four or five innings my next time out if I have to make a big league start.”
A healthy Pettitte is considered crucial to the Yankees’ chances of repeating as World Series champions. The 38-year-old is 11-2 with a 2.88 ERA in 18 starts with New York this year.
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He hasn’t appeared in a major league game since July 18 because of a strained left groin and said he still needs to build stamina.
PUTZ ACTIVATED FROM DISABLED LIST
The Chicago White Sox activated reliever J.J. Putz from the disabled list before Thursday’s game against the Detroit Tigers.
The former Seattle Mariners closer had been sidelined since Aug. 25 with tendinitis in his right knee. He is 6-5 with a 2.88 ERA in 50 games this season. He has struck out 55 in 47 innings.
He did not pitch in Thursday’s game.
AROUND THE HORN
Toronto police searched the offices of the Blue Jays and turned over documents in connection with the perjury case against seven-time Cy Young winner Roger Clemens. He pleaded not guilty last month to charges of lying to Congress about whether he used steroids or human growth hormone. The 48-year-old pitcher has promised all along to fight the charges. … Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco is playing with a small break in his left elbow but is postponing surgery until after the season because Philadelphia is in a pennant race. He is batting .308 with six homers and 47 RBI. … The Diamondbacks acquired right-hander Matt Gorgen from Tampa Bay to complete the July 31 trade that sent reliever Chad Qualls to the Rays.Gorgen, a 23-year-old right-hander, was 3-2 with a 1.65 ERA and 22 saves for Class Double-A Montgomery. … The Blue Jays claimed right-hander Taylor Buchholz off waivers from the Rockies. The 28-year-old Buchholz was 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in seven relief appearances with Colorado. … The Red Sox claimed right-hander Matt Fox off waivers from the Twins. He made only one appearance for Minnesota, pitching 52/3 innings and allowing four hits and two runs Sept. 3. … The Phillies claimed right-hander Cesar Carrillo off waivers from the Padres, designated left-hander Nate Robertson for assignment and placed right-hander Scott Mathieson on the 15-day disabled list with a back strain.