Although Andy Pettitte said today that he’s planning to pitch in tomorrow’s big league game, Joe Girardi said that’s not set in stone. He expects Pettitte to pitch an inning tomorrow, but he wasn’t to actually see Pettitte face-to-face before making that decision final.
“I want to look him eye-to-eye and make sure he’s where he’s supposed to be and see how he feels,” Girardi said.
Here’s this afternoon’s Associated Press report from Tampa that quotes Pettitte saying he’ll pitch tomorrow.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte will see game action for the first time since ending his brief retirement when he pitches against the New York Mets in Wednesday’s spring training finale.
Pettitte is set to go one inning at Steinbrenner Field. The left-hander called it a big step in his return after his workout Tuesday.
Pettitte ended a one-season retirement by agreeing to a minor league contract on March 16. He could be ready to join the Yankees in May.
Pettitte threw his second simulated game Saturday, and talked on the phone with pitching coach Larry Rothschild following a 25-pitch bullpen session Monday.
“I bounced back pretty good after that last one, so we feel like an inning would be good tomorrow,” Pettitte said. “I realized I feel good enough to pitch.”
Rothschild is with the team on a four-game road trip to Florida’s east coast.
If his comeback is successful and he’s added to the major league roster, Pettitte would get a $2.5 million, one-year contract.
Pettitte last played in 2010, when he went 11-3 and was an All-Star. He is 240-138 lifetime with the Yankees and Houston.
For many years, Pettitte was among the Yankees’ most dependable pitchers. He is 19-10 with a 3.83 ERA in 42 career postseason starts.