Ankle on mend, but Pettitte still a 'little ways away'

Ankle on mend, but Pettitte still a 'little ways away'

Ankle on mend, but Pettitte still a 'little ways away'
OAKLAND -- Left-hander Andy Pettitte took to the Coliseum outfield on Friday to play long toss, but Yankees manager Joe Girardi cautioned Pettitte still has healing to do before he can ramp up his throwing efforts.

Pettitte, 40, is on the 60-day disabled list because of a fractured left ankle and can't resurface in the Majors until the end of August at the earliest -- even if he were physically ahead of schedule.

"I still think he's a little ways away," Girardi said. "That's got to heal more."