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Andy Pettitte to start Tuesday for the Yankees

Sep 13, 2012, 5:07 PM EDT

Andy Pettitte AP

Andy Pettitte declared himself ready to return to the rotation following a 55-pitch bullpen session yesterday and apparently the Yankees agreed, because he’ll start Tuesday against the Blue Jays in New York.

Pettitte has been out since a line drive fractured his ankle on June 27, but before that he was having a fantastic comeback season with a 3.22 ERA and 59/15 K/BB ratio in 59 innings despite being 40 years old and sitting out all of 2011.

Pettitte will bump David Phelps from the rotation and yesterday Ivan Nova bumped Freddy Garcia from the rotation, so the Yankees’ stretch-run pitching plans have changed dramatically in the past 24 hours.

  1. sictransitchris - Sep 13, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    I hope Andy will get us back on track.

  2. randygnyc - Sep 13, 2012 at 5:15 PM

    Finally!! Hallelujah!

  3. proudlycanadian - Sep 13, 2012 at 5:20 PM

    Good to see him back. I trust that he will do his best, although given his age and the layoff, a strong performance first time out is not guaranteed.

  4. randygnyc - Sep 13, 2012 at 5:29 PM

    Proudly- his return after a year and a half layoff had been pretty impressive. I am more confident in his abilities as an older, experienced player, rather than if he was a younger one. He knows his body. He knows ho ,to pitch and was fairly productive in his latest appearances. And he sure like him way more than either Garcia or phelps. He’s got big game experience and with good results. (legal disclaimer- past performances are not always indicative of future performances).

    • proudlycanadian - Sep 13, 2012 at 5:47 PM

      1) He is certainly a better option than Garcia and Phelps and 2) I am well aware of the standard disclaimer that is used on investment products.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Sep 13, 2012 at 7:28 PM

        Most likely he’ll run into the same issues he did when he started. 0-60 he’ll probably be a bit rusty but will work it out. 60+ we’ll see if he has the gas left to keep going.

      • freeagentsignee - Sep 21, 2012 at 8:37 PM

        Actually, Phelps has pitched well this year. I think I prefer him over Nova.

  5. thatyankeedude - Sep 13, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    The guy will bring more of a winning mentality and that is exactly what the Yankees need!

  6. bigharold - Sep 13, 2012 at 10:56 PM

    I’m sure that Pettitte will have his work cut out for him coming back. Frankly, I think a lot will depend on the Jays and if they try to wear him down or are they’re impatient and swing early and get themselves out.

    But, his residue effect on the Yankee pitching staff in general is an added benefit. I think he’ll have a settling affect on the rotation and if help the pen too. Garcia is giving it all he’s got, which is commendable, but he’s lucky to get through the 5 inning lately. If Pettitte can demonstrate his representative ability and get them to the 6th or 7th inning that will effectively take a big load off the BP.

    Like when A-Rod came back, .. even though he’s just warming up, .. he fortified the line up with merely with his presence. Pettitte is likely to have the same affect on the pitching staff. And, there is the potential for both of these guys, and Nova, getting up to full stride and being well rested just in time for the playoffs What’s not to like about that?

  7. freeagentsignee - Sep 21, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    Welcome back Andy!

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