In his first major league game back from retirement, Andy Pettitte will start against the Seattle Mariners this Sunday at Yankee stadium. Pettitte is planned to face Blake Beaven this mother’s day, who is still in question after taking a line drive to the elbow in Monday night’s game against Detroit.
The soon to be 40-year-old veteran looked a little shaky in his triple A start for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees on Sunday. He pitched in front of a record high crowd at Frontier Field allowing 5 runs on 8 hits in an eventual 7-5 loss.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman remains confident in Pettitte’s ability following this performance.
“As you go through the process there is only so much you are going to see at a certain level. It’s not necessarily always performance related, ” he explained to reports (nytimes.com).
The Yankees officially signed Pettitte on as their seventh starter this March. Since then the six ahead of him have not only underperformed, but fallen victim to injuries as well.
Former Mariner Freddy Garcia has recently been replaced by David Phelps in the Yankees’ starting rotation who has not been having much success either. Michael Pineda, another Seattle alum, is scheduled to have shoulder surgery after being acquired last winter for Jesus Montero.
Pettitte has a decorated career to fall back on, including five World Series rings and the record for most postseason wins (19) and certainly will not be taken lightly even with recent less-than-impressive performances.
“I’m excited,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “I think it will be a great day at the stadium.” (espn.com)