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Wrapping up the day in Tampa

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Feb 13, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Given his indecision about playing the last two seasons, could Andy Pettitte retire given his prominent role in baseball’s PED scandal?

Brian Cashman said there has been no such indication from Pettitte, who signed a $16 million deal in December.

Based on my experience covering assorted messy situations, Pettitte would be better off to show up tomorrow, take the heat once and say that’s the last time he will talk about it.

Waiting to show up on Monday extends the story another three days and leaves it to his teammates to address it. If Pettitte then starts slowly or gets injured, reporting late becomes another issue. But the Yankees had little choice but to grant him a short leave when he requested it.

A few other notes: Hideki Matsui checked in today and will workout at the complex with the other position players. … Francisco Cervelli broke a hand in winter ball and will be limited for week or so. … Girardi on Joba’s role: “We’re going to try to take the best pitchers we can north. Where everyone’s role is will be decided. You’re making the assumption that this guy and this guy are definitely going to make the team. You have to prove yourself.”




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