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Andy Pettitte likely to pitch an inning against Mets Wednesday

Andy Pettitte prepares for his bullpen session after

Andy Pettitte prepares for his bullpen session after arriving at the Yankees spring training facility in Tampa, Fla. (March 20, 2012) Photo Credit: AP

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Andy Pettitte is scheduled to pitch an inning for the Yankees Wednesday against the Mets in his first big-league spring training game since 2010, but manager Joe Girardi reserved the right to call off the assignment if he didn't feel Pettitte is truly ready.

"I want to look him in the eye just to make sure," Girardi said Tuesday after the Yankees' 7-6 loss to the Mets.

Assuming he passes Girardi's eye test, Pettitte's inning in the Yankees' spring training finale will come after he threw a bullpen session Monday.

"I bounced back pretty good after that last one, so we feel like an inning would be good tomorrow," Pettitte said in Tampa. "I realized I feel good enough to pitch."

Pettitte came out of retirement March 16. He hopes to join the Yankees' rotation by May.

Nova's 'worst' day

Ivan Nova, one of the pitchers Pettitte could displace, allowed five runs and eight hits in 22/3 innings against the Mets.

"Today was one of the worst days of my life," Nova said. "I wasn't pitching right."

Nova, who will start Monday in Baltimore, finished spring training with an 8.06 ERA. He said his body felt "like it was sleeping or something like that" Tuesday, but added that "physically, I'm 100 percent."

Said Girardi: "He wasn't using his lower half. I can't tell you exactly why."

Extra bases

David Phelps pitched 11/3 innings of scoreless relief and D.J. Mitchell gave up one run in three innings. Those two are battling Adam Warren for the long-relief spot. The Yankees have to complete their roster by 5 p.m. Wednesday . . . Nick Swisher had a double and home run . . . Mariano Rivera threw 21 pitches in a simulated game and CC Sabathia threw 43 pitches in a bullpen session in Tampa . . . The Yankees will re-evaluate Michael Pineda (shoulder tendinitis) Wednesday to see if he can begin a throwing program. Pineda will start the season on the 15-day disabled list.

With AP

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