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Andy Pettitte throws off of flat ground

Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte throws in the

Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte throws in the second inning. (May 29, 2012) (Credit: AP)

CLEVELAND — Andy Pettitte (fractured left fibula) threw a 60-pitch flat-ground session in the outfield yesterday, watched by Joe Girardi, pitching coach Larry Rothschild and trainer Steve Donohue. Pettitte will be evaluated Monday. "I just hope the doctor tells me I can’t hurt myself so I can get up on a mound," he said.

If he gets that go-ahead, he said his hope is to throw off a mound Tuesday. Girardi reiterated that he believes Pettitte will be healthy enough in time to make one or two starts before the end of the regular season.

Extra bases

One day after throwing 100 pitches in his first game back from the DL, CC Sabathia said his left elbow felt "good" ... Alex Rodriguez (left fifth metacarpal fracture) took dry swings Friday — using both hands for the first time — and progressed to tee-and-toss Saturday. He will be reevaluated Monday... As expected, Girardi said David Phelps will start Monday in place of Ivan Nova, who is on the DL ... David Aardsma, rehabbing in Tampa from Tommy John surgery, threw BP Saturday and is lined up to throw a simulated game, possibly Tuesday ... Derek Jeter (2-for-5) is hitting .400 (44-for-110) with 23 runs in his last 25 games. Nick Swisher is hitting .357 (25-for-70) with five homers and 17 RBIs in his last 18 games.

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