Pettitte throws 25 pitches in first workout

Updated: February 10, 2005, 12:57 AM ET
Associated Press

HOUSTON -- Houston Astros pitcher Andy Pettitte threw 25 fastballs Wednesday in his first workout on the mound since he had elbow surgery six months ago.

Andy Pettitte
Starting Pitcher
Houston Astros
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2004 SEASON STATISTICS
GM W L Sv K ERA
15 6 4 0 79 3.90

"It felt good just to get back on the mound," Pettitte told Houston television station KRIV. "Now I can start getting ready, just building up my arm strength."

Pettitte, who spent five minutes on the mound, said he became tired throwing the 25 pitches.

He also said it was just a matter of time before he'll be throwing breaking pitches again.

"I probably could have done it today, but I am going to take it slow and try to be as cautious as I possibly can."

Pettitte underwent surgery during the summer to repair a torn flexor tendon in his pitching elbow. Because of the injury, he appeared in only 15 games and finished 6-4.


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