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Pettitte ready for first rehab outing

NEW YORK — Yankees LHP Andy Pettitte will make a rehabilitation start for Double-A Trenton on Wednesday night.

Pettitte, 38, has not pitched in a game since July 18 because of a strained left groin. He threw a bullpen session before Monday's game against the Orioles.

"I feel good," he said.

Pettitte's rehab start will come in the Thunder's Eastern League playoff opener against New Hampshire. Yankees manager Joe Girardi projected he will throw four innings or 65 pitches, whichever comes first.

It's not certain whether Pettitte will make a second minor-league appearance before rejoining the major-league rotation.

"We'll see how it goes," Girardi said. "Kind of anticipate that will probably be two rehab starts, but if it's one, it's one."

With RF Austin Kearns bothered by a bone bruise on his right index finger, the Yankees recalled OF Colin Curtis from Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre.

RF Nick Swisher started for the first time since leaving Thursday's game against the Athletics with a stiff left knee.

In other Yankees news, 3B Alex Rodriguez reached 100 RBIs for a record 14th season, surpassing Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Jimmie Foxx.

TWO HURT: A 13-year-old boy and a 2-year-old girl were injured during the Giants-Diamondbacks game in Phoenix. The boy was struck on the head when Giants C Buster Posey lost his bat on a swing in the fourth inning. He was alert and speaking with medics as they attended to him. In the next at-bat, Pablo Sandoval hit a foul ball into the upper deck, where it struck the girl on the forehead. Both children were hospitalized.

A'S: Struggling RHP Vin Mazzaro was demoted to Triple-A Sacramento despite September roster expansion. Mazzaro will start for the River Cats during the Pacific Coast League playoffs.

BRAVES: RHP Derek Lowe's pitching elbow felt fine after he threw in the bullpen, and he is scheduled to start Wednesday against the Pirates.

CUBS: 3B Aramis Ramirez is out indefinitely with a strained right quad.

METS: SS Jose Reyes took batting practice for the second straight day and is expected to return to the lineup this week. Reyes has missed 10 games with a strained right oblique.

WHITE SOX: 1B Paul Konerko sat out with lower back stiffness but expects to play today. … LHP John Danks, who threw 103 pitches Saturday in a win over the Red Sox, will pitch again Wednesday on three days' rest.

Pettitte ready for first rehab outing 09/06/10 [Last modified: Monday, September 6, 2010 9:40pm]
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