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TAMPA, FLA. (AP) - Andy Pettitte went with his heart and headed back to the hill.
Three months shy of his 40th birthday, Pettitte signed a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training. If his comeback is successful and he’s added to the major league roster, he would get a $2.5 million, one-year contract.
“My desire to work is back,” Pettitte said on a conference call. “The commitment level wasn’t there last year. I don’t know if it was because I had a year off, just my desire to work was back. This is where I’m at right now.”
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said there are no incentives in the deal and that Pettitte _ who is expected in camp Tuesday _ will only be a starter. Pettitte has pitched in the majors for 16 seasons, 13 with the Yankees.
Cashman believes Pettitte will not be ready to break camp with the team when spring training ends early next month. Pettitte says it’s possible he could be ready for game action in two or three weeks in Florida.
“We’ll go this route and see where it takes us,” Cashman said. “Does it make us better and give us deeper and stronger choices? Yes.”
Pettitte said his move back to the mound had the full support of his family.
“They weren’t crazy about me retiring,” Pettitte said. “I never would have done this if, especially my wife didn’t feel good about it. My family is behind this 100 percent.”
At his retirement announcement in February 2011, Pettitte said he felt like is heart was not fully, completely sold out on pitching and that he didn’t have the hunger or the drive needed.
“I think I told you all that, when people asked me if I would ever come back, I said I’d probably be too embarrassed to come back because I’m retired,” Pettitte said. “That’s really where I’ve been over the last three or four days, I am embarrassed I’m coming back. But then I’m like, what can I do? Things have changed. I sure don’t want to look back 10 years from now and say man, I wish I would have done that.”
Pettitte sat out last season, but was with the Yankees in camp this spring as an instructor. He threw batting practice several times, and also had a private bullpen session for team officials, including Cashman, manager Joe Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild last Tuesday.
“I don’t think that I could do this unless I thought for sure mentally I could get back to where I was,” Pettitte said. “I believe, if I feel mentally right, that I’m going to win.”
Pettitte first expressed interest in pitching again last December. After New York added pitchers Michael Pineda and Hiroki Kuroda in January, Pettitte shut down his throwing program briefly, only to resume it a few days later.
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