Andy Pettitte thought he could've been helping the Yankees in a real game this week instead of tossing pitches in another simulated game.

On Thursday, the lefty learned that he's finally cleared to return to the rotation. Pettitte will oppose the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium, his first start since June 27, when a line drive fractured a bone above his left ankle.

"I feel healthy. I just want to get back in the mix," said Pettitte, who is hoping to max out at 70 pitches against Toronto. "You don't ever know what's going to happen when you get there in the heat of a game, but I know my leg is 100 percent."