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Andy Pettitte to pitch Wednesday vs Mets

04/03/2012 2:29 PM ET
By The Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte will see game action for the first time since ending his brief retirement when he pitches against the New York Mets in Wednesday’s spring training finale.

Pettitte is set to go one inning at Steinbrenner Field. The left-hander called it a big step in his return after his workout Tuesday.

Pettitte ended a one-season retirement by agreeing to a minor league contract on March 16. He could be ready to join the Yankees in May.

Pettitte threw his second simulated game Saturday, and talked on the phone with pitching coach Larry Rothschild following a 25-pitch bullpen session Monday.

“I bounced back pretty good after that last one, so we feel like an inning would be good tomorrow,” Pettitte said. “I realized I feel good enough to pitch.”

Rothschild is with the team on a four-game road trip to Florida’s east coast.

If his comeback is successful and he’s added to the major league roster, Pettitte would get a $2.5 million, one-year contract.

Pettitte last played in 2010, when he went 11-3 and was an All-Star. He is 240-138 lifetime with the Yankees and Houston.

For many years, Pettitte was among the Yankees’ most dependable pitchers. He is 19-10 with a 3.83 ERA in 42 career postseason starts.

NOTES: Yankees closer Mariano Rivera threw 21 pitches during a simulated game. This will give Rivera two days off before Friday’s regular-season opener at Tampa Bay. … LHP CC Sabathia had a 43-pitch bullpen session and afterward said he is ready for his start Friday against the Rays. … Pettitte ran in the outfield with RHP Michael Pineda, who will start the season on the DL due to a right shoulder injury.

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