The Pettitte Will-I-Or-Won’t-I Dance

November 25th, 2012 by Jane Heller

I wish Andy would decide already. Does he want to pitch in 2013 or not? According to the Daily News article below, he’ll tell the Yankees “soon.” Surely, he’s had The Talk with his family by now. And he must have tried throwing and working out, because the season’s been over for awhile now. So what’s the holdup? Sigh.

Andy Pettitte expected to make decision ‘soon’ on a return to the Yankees as he begins to test his 40-year-old frame
Source tells the Daily News that Pettitte has already started his offseason workouts to see how his body responds before deciding on a return to the Bronx for another campaign
BY MARK FEINSAND / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

PUBLISHED: SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2012, 6:52 PM

The Yankees are hoping Andy Pettitte opts for another season in pinstripes after 5-4 mark in 2012.

Andy Pettitte wasn’t willing to commit to the Yankees last winter until he knew for certain his body was ready to go through the grind of a baseball season. It appears he’s testing his 40-year-old frame once again before making any decisions about 2013.

According to a source, Pettitte has already started his offseason training program, wanting “to see how his body will react” before informing the Yankees of his plans for next season.

It’s been nearly six weeks since the Yankees were swept away by the Tigers, and although Pettitte initially said he would take about a month to mull his future, he has yet to come to a final decision.

The source said Pettitte is expected to make that decision “soon,” though it was unclear whether that meant it would come this week. Pettitte has talked about not wanting to hold up the Yankees’ offseason plans, so with the winter meetings set to open next Monday, it’s possible he will end the suspense in the coming days.

Pettitte showed no sign of rust in returning to the mound last season, going 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 12 starts. He spent 12 weeks on the disabled list after a line drive fractured his left leg, but he returned in September and pitched well in the postseason.

The Yankees signed Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year, $15 million deal last week, adding a much-needed arm back into the rotation. While CC Sabathia, Kuroda, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova and David Phelps would make up the rotation at the moment, the Yankees are hoping Pettitte decides to return for another season, giving them another high-end arm to slot in behind Sabathia and Kuroda.

After the playoffs, Pettitte said, “There’s no doubt I still have the desire to compete,” but he cited the difficulty of being away from his wife, Laura, and their four children during the long season.

“I’ve got one that’s going to be going off to college, and I know that there’s a certain extent he wants me to be there to see some of that,” Pettitte said last month. “Anybody that’s a parent knows what it is. It’s something we’ll have to figure out.”

 

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3 Responses to “The Pettitte Will-I-Or-Won’t-I Dance”

  1. john says:

    That last paragraph contains the answer to the question about Andy’s return. He’s got to start paying collage tuition! Of course he’s coming back.

  2. Diane Anziano says:

    I truly hope he makes it back, Jane. He’s a big piece of the puzzle for our boys in pinstripes and its not likely we could find a sufficient replacement if he decides its over.

  3. Jane Heller says:

    Haha, John. I think he’s financially set for the tuition, but if the son will be gone that’s one less reason for him to stay home.

    I agree, Diane. Cashman always finds someone to fill the holes, but I’d like to see Andy give it one more year.

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