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Brian Cashman says Andy Pettitte probably will return in mid-September

Andy Pettitte stands on the mound as he's

Andy Pettitte stands on the mound as he's checked out after being hit with a batted ball in the fifth inning. (June 27, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

TORONTO — Andy Pettitte remains off his feet, and there still isn’t a set timetable for when the lefthander can resume baseball activities.

The original hope was that Pettitte, who suffered a fractured left fibula June 27, would return to the Yankees by Sept. 1. General manager Brian Cashman said by phone Friday, “I’d probably say mid-September now.” He added, “It depends who you talk to. But he’ll be ready when he’s ready and we’ll take him when he is.”

Pettitte had been progressing toward a Sept. 1 return, throwing several flat-ground sessions during the Yankees’ trip to Oakland and Seattle, before an X-ray taken July 26 suggested the healing of the bone had slowed.

The Yankees didn’t call it a setback at the time, and a follow-up round of X-rays last Sunday looked more promising. Cashman said he isn’t concerned that Pettitte’s recovery suddenly could slow to the point of the pitcher not making it back at all. “I haven’t heard anything like that,” he said.

Pettitte — still “resting,” Cashman said — will have another X-ray next week.

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