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Andy Pettitte will not pitch in the World Baseball Classic

Jan 30, 2013, 12:46 PM EDT

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Team USA manager Joe Torre held open a roster spot for Andy Pettitte after the Yankees left-hander indicated he was interested in participating in the World Baseball Classic, but it won’t be happening.

Bryan Hoch of reports that Pettitte turned down his former manager’s offer, writing that “Torre said recently that the Yankees had voiced concerns about Pettitte taking part in the tournament, given the hurler’s recent injury history.”

Not only did Pettitte miss two months with a broken ankle last season, simply by virtue of being 40 years old there’s no reason to tack on any additional innings heading into his 18th season.

  1. stex52 - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    In the end there is too much money tied up in contracts to these players for us to expect teams to have any other attitude. I’m a GM with a 10-15 million$ asset who wants to go stress himself outside the control of my trainers and coaches. Too much risk.

  2. Old Gator - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:36 PM

    What has any of this got to do with A-Rod committing insurance fraud? Let’s stick to the subject, no matter how thoroughly it bores us.

    • snowbirdgothic - Jan 30, 2013 at 3:17 PM

      I understand they’ll be testing for deer antlers at the WBC, which means confessed PED user Andy P is right out.

      Or something like that.

  3. eastsidegerry - Jan 30, 2013 at 1:46 PM

    Pettitte can thank his use of PEDs for his problems at 40. I’m 60 and like Ricky Henderson I still play.Hockey is my game. What I lack in speed I make up for in savy.

  4. jaybird22seven - Jan 30, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Andy is really brittle without the steroids. So he has to be careful.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      No more brittle then Jose is with them…

  5. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 30, 2013 at 11:09 PM


  6. yankeepunk3000 - Jan 31, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    yes please don’t go. If we can get 140 – 150 innings from him that will be great but it won’t come close to that if he goes pitches at the WBC. We need him for the SEASON, so lets keep him in New York, or Texas. DON’T LEAVE THE COUNTRY DAMN IT!

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