Just got off the phone with Brian Cashman who said The Daily News story about Andy Pettitte’s decision is not accurate. ”It’s a misunderstanding,” Cashman said.
This was Cashman’s quote, as relayed by The Daily News: “I don’t think he’s determined if he’s officially finished or not, but he’s chosen at this stage at least not to start in 2011.”
Cashman said you could basically substitute the word “pitch” for the word “start.” What Cashman meant was, at this stage, Pettitte is choosing not to pitch in 2011, but the Yankees are — as they’ve been all winter — waiting for Pettitte to let them know something official. He’s leaning toward retirement, and he’ll let them know if that situation changes.
“Nothing new or different,” Cashman said. “Exactly what I’ve been saying for the past month or two months.”