It has recently been announced by the New York Yankees that Andy Pettitte will return from the DL on Monday, and his return outing will be against the Cleveland Indians. Pettitte, who missed the last few weeks with a strained shoulder, is hoping to regain his form. He started the season untouchable as his record at one point was 3-0 with a 2.01 ERA. However, he soon began to fade, and when he landed on the DL, his ERA increased to 3.83.
I am hoping that the DL stint gave Pettitte time to recover and find his from. The Yankees need him to be at the top of his game if they want to compete this season. I want him to succeed, but I do have my concerns. In two weeks, he will be 41-years-old so the important thing is that he stays healthy. This is the second time in two seasons that Pettitte has been on the DL.
When he goes up against the Indians on Monday, it will not be an easy task. The Indians have been one of the most surprising teams in baseball this season, but Pettitte looked very sharp in his first start against Cleveland this season. He pitched seven innings and only gave up five hits, but that was back in April when he was healthy. Hopefully, he puts up those same types of numbers on Monday.
Looking on the bright side, Pettitte will be pitching in Yankee Stadium, a place where he is fast in his success. I hope that he will come back strong from this injury. If he can pitch similar to how he pitched in April, that would be great.