Pettitte calls debut 'something to work on'

Pettitte calls debut 'something to work on'

TAMPA, Fla. -- Andy Pettitte didn't turn in as clean of an outing as he would have liked, but for his first outing of the spring, it went well enough.

The veteran left-hander limited the Phillies to one run on three hits in a 58-pitch outing on Wednesday, logging three innings in the Yankees' 6-2 Grapefruit League victory. Pettitte struck out three but also walked three, including the last two he faced.

"Stuff-wise, I didn't feel great," Pettitte said. "I felt like my command wasn't anywhere near where I wanted, but it's good. It gives you something to work on for the next time out.

"Other than that, I got through it, I felt good. I was good and tired the last inning I went out there. I was pretty cooked, but we wanted to get to 60 pitches, and we did that."

Pettitte's preparation for the season had been limited to bullpen sessions and batting practice until Wednesday's debut. His next outing, on Monday's off-day, is likely to be against Minor League hitters at the club's Himes Avenue complex.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.