Pettitte throws 25 pitches in first workout

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.

"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.