Pettitte activated from DL, Boesch optioned
Lefty looks forward to making return start versus Indians
As expected, the New York Yankees officially activated LHP Andy Pettitte from the 15-day disabled list on Monday, and made room on the 25-man roster by optioning outfielder Brennan Boesch to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (SWB).
Pettitte, 40, went on the disabled list on May 17, one day after leaving his last start against Seattle in the fifth inning due to a strained trapezius muscle. He threw 76 pitches in a simulated game on Tuesday, and said Sunday that he was good to go for the Monday return.
"I feel good, and it's time to get back out there," Pettitte said.
In his 18th season and 15th with the Yankees, Pettitte is 4-3 with a 3.83 ERA in eight starts entering Monday.
Boesch has played 23 games with the Yankees this year, hitting .275 with three home runs and 8 RBI, and has also played seven games with SWB this season. The lefty-hitting outfielder began the year on the Yankees roster, was optioned to the RailRiders when Curtis Granderson was activated on May 14, and was recalled when Granderson returned to the DL on May 25.
In that second stint, Boesch played in three games, going 5-for-8 with a home run and 2 RBI.
His optioning ends speculation as to which of four players -- Boesch, infielders David Adams and Reid Brignac, and first baseman Lyle Overbay -- would be deactivated to accommodate Pettitte's return. In Monday's lineup, Adams and Brignac were set to play the left side of the infield and hit seventh and eighth respectively, while Overbay was slotted in to hit fifth and set to make his first career start in right field.