Andy Pettitte is ready. Whether Joe Girardi decides to put the lefty back into the rotation next week remains to be seen.

But all signs point to him facing Toronto on Tuesday in New York. Following a 55-pitch simulated game during which he felt no discomfort in the left fibula he broke June 27, Pettitte said "I felt like my command was really good again today and my stuff, everybody. . . thought my stuff was great. Hopefully I can get back in there and try to get into the rotation. That's what I would like to do."

Girardi said Pettitte will be re-examined Friday by team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad. If Pettitte is cleared, the Yankees are likely to send him against the Jays. Pettitte believes he could throw "60-65 hard pitches without being concerned," although Girardi said he thought it might be 70-75 in five days. "I'm ready," Pettitte said. "Can I give you 100 pitches? No. But I feel like my stuff has been crisp."