Andy Pettitte eager to return after simulated game

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BOSTON (AP) - Andy Pettitte feels he can help the struggling New York Yankees right now.

Sidelined since suffering a broken left ankle June 28, the 40-year old left-hander threw another simulated game Wednesday at Fenway Park and said he feels he came rejoin the rotation immediately.

Pettitte said he felt great and could give the team "60, 65 pitches."

Manager Joe Girardi said it would be a group decision between general manager Brian Cashman and the team's medical staff, but knows Pettitte's experience will play a part in the next move. Girardi also said the only way Pettitte would be back with the team would be as a starter role, knocking down any thought of him making relief appearances.

The three-time All-Star is baseball's career leader in postseason wins (19) and starts (42).