Andy Pettitte spoke with reporters prior to Sunday night's game against the Red Sox, and declared himself ready for Monday night's game against the Indians.
"I feel good," Pettitte said. "Ready to go. Excited to get back out there."
The 40-year-old has not pitched since May 16 because of a strained trapezius muscle, which is located in the neck. He went on the 15-day disabled list, but will be activated prior to Monday's game. He is 4-3 with a 3.89 ERA in eight starts thus far this season.
When he first went on the DL, Pettitte talked about possibly cutting back his workload in between starts, from two bullpen sessions to one. He hasn't made a final decision on that.
"I’m not a power guy, I’m kind of touch and feel," Pettitte said. "I just feel like [two bullpens] really helps me. But we’ll see. I’m not really sure."
"He’s talked about backing off maybe a little bit in between starts, but it’s hard when you’re a creature of habit," said manager Joe Girardi. "And when you’ve had as much success as he’s had over time, it’s hard to change what you do.
"But I think it’s important that he does maybe a little bit. He’s a real worker in between starts, and it’s not just the day after or the second day, it’s every day. And I think he has to be a little bit careful."
STEWART OK: Catcher Chris Stewart is back in the lineup Sunday, after having to leave Saturday's game early due to dehydration. If all goes well during batting practice, he will start.
"He said he feels pretty good, but I want him to go through BP to make sure that he’s OK," Girardi said.
7:52 p.m. update: Stewart experienced similar symptoms during batting practice, and has been scratched from the lineup -- he's headed to New York Presbyterian Hospital for further evaluation. Austin Romine will catch and bat ninth.
YOUK AT THIRD: Kevin Youkilis, activated from the disabled list on Friday, will play the field for the first time since coming off the DL on Sunday.
"When a guy declares himself healthy you trust that they’re healthy," Girardi said. "He went through a lot of rehab. I don’t expect there to be any problems."
ADAMS OUT? The Yankees will have to make a roster move Monday in order to activate Pettitte. With Youkilis back and able to play third base, there's a possibility rookie David Adams could be sent back to Triple-A.
The 26-year-old has hit .259 with two homers and five RBIs in 16 games, and has not made an error in 15 starts at third base.
"I think he’s done a pretty good job for us," Girardi said. "Third base is not his natural position, and he’s played a pretty good third base, and he’s had some good days with the bat for us. He had a little struggle, but he came out of it last night, which I think is always good to see."
Adams had been on an 0-for-14 streak at the plate, but went 2-for-4 in Saturday's 11-1 loss to the Red Sox.