This is Josh, in for Chad again. Sorry for the delay in the pregame notes. I just met these two amazing soldiers, who will be honored prior to today’s game.
Anyway, the story with the Yankees is Andy Pettitte, who will start for the first time since Oct. 18, 2010. Pettitte arrived at the ballpark at 9:45 this morning and went through his normal pregame routine. As Joe Girardi said, to paraphrase, someone like Andy won’t forget his routine.
He also won’t forget what he does best.
“The one thing I don’t think he’s forgotten is how to pitch and make adjustments,” Girardi said.
Girardi spent his entire press conference discussing Pettitte’s return. The manager said he hopes to get six innings out of Pettitte and expects much the same pitcher who threw for the Yankees in 2010. He also expects his velocity to be a tick off from its usual 87-89.
Something to watch for today: This will be the first time Pettitte has pitched to Russell Martin. When we met with Girardi, he said he’d talk to Martin prior to the game. Remember: As a Yankee, Pettitte has pretty much only pitched to Girardi and Jorge Posada. This could be an adjustment for both pitcher and catcher.
• To make room for Pettitte, the Yankees optioned reliever Cody Eppley to Scranton.
• And, to make room on the 40-man roster, Mariano Rivera was transferred to the 60-day DL.
• Here’s audio from Girardi: