Andy Pettitte said today “he needed some help from the trainer” to make his final 10 starts last season. That’s baseball-player speak for cortisone shots.
He was 2-6 with a 5.43 ERA in those games.
“My shoulder, for whatever reason, just broke down,” Pettitte said. With the Yankees in contention, he kept taking the ball. That shows two things: Pettitte has a lot of guts and the Yankees didn’t have a lot of faith in anybody else.
Pettitte said he focused on strengthening his shoulder this winter and that several examinations revealed no structural damage. While he remains concerned something will happen, he knows he has done everything he can to prevent it.
— It would not be a surprise if Kevin Cash makes the team. The Yankees may need to carry three catchers for a few weeks if Jorge Posada is going to be brought along slowly.
— Dave Robertson’s older brother Connor is with the Mets. He’s a right-handed reliever, too. If they make the team, they’ll share a place in the city. “Two hillbillies in Manhattan,” said Robertson, who is from Alabama.
— The Yankees were going to have A-Rod met the press on Tuesday in the dugout to try and make it more informal. But expect a full-fledged press conference instead. The main reason? Derek Jeter, Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera and Andy Pettitte want to attend. Having Those With Rings on hand will provide support, both real and symbolic.
The first workout is tomorrow. Check back then for more from Tampa.