Andy Pettitte, who retired from the Yankees after the 2010 season, signed a contract with the team a little more than two weeks ago. At the time, the general consensus was that Pettitte would not be ready to pitch in an actual game until early May.
Six weeks might have become two-and-a-half. Wallace Matthews:
On Sunday, Joe Girardi made it sound as if the idea was off the table, but on Monday it was solidly back on: The possibility that the comebacking Andy Pettitte might pitch Wednesday at The Boss in the Yankees’ spring training finale against the Mets.
“I think he’s going to pitch in a game for us,‘’ Girardi said before tonight’s game against the Marlins in Miami. "We’re going to have to see the exact date on that.’’
Freddy Garcia, now penciled in as the Yankees’ fifth starter, will start that game, but Matthews writes that Pettitte could throw an inning or two in relief. The Yankees’ rotation appears full at this point, but a healthy and productive Pettitte could easily push his way back in. You can never have too many good starting pitchers.