Pettitte to return to Yanks' rotation

BOSTON — Andy Pettitte, the winningest pitcher in postseason history, will rejoin the Yankees roster and return to the rotation Tuesday against the Blue Jays, ESPN.com reported Thursday.

Pettitte, who sustained a broken left ankle June 27 when he was struck by a line drive, rejoins tight AL East and wild-card races.

Manager Joe Girardi, Pettitte, GM Brian Cashman and members of the team medical staff met late Wednesday to discuss the return.

"We feel that he's ready to go," Girardi said. "Is he going to give you 90 pitches? No. But 70 is somewhat realistic."

Pettitte, who will take David Phelps' spot, said: "I think everybody's been really pleased with my command in these simulated games. I think that's why this is able to happen."

BoSox refute sale report: Red Sox owner John Henry denied a Fox Business report that he and the ownership group have been shopping the team. "This report is completely without foundation," Henry told the Boston Globe. "We're committed to this franchise for the long term." Henry also confirmed that president and CEO Larry Lucchino will be back next year.

LEGAL MATTERS: There was a development in Rays RHP Matt Bush's DUI hit-and-run case. OF Brandon Guyer, who owned the Dodge Durango that Bush was driving, appeared in Charlotte County court to ask that the truck be returned, and a judge gave the state one month to do so or be prepared to compensate him. The truck has been impounded since the accident in March. Guyer said he has been paying insurance and for a rental car since. Bush, who pleaded not guilty to seven charges, remains in the Charlotte County jail. The state has offered a plea deal; he has until Sept. 20 to accept.

Blue Jay reaches 40/100: Edwin Encarnacion hit his 40th homer and reached 102 RBIs as the host Blue Jays beat the Mariners 8-3. "I have eight years playing in the big leagues, I never got to 80," Encarnacion said. "It's not easy to get to 100 RBIs. Not many people make it to 100 RBIs, so that's the bigger thing for me."

Postponed: The Tigers-White Sox was postponed because of rain and will be made up at 1:10 p.m. Monday.

Ailing Rangers: RHP Roy Oswalt experienced discomfort while throwing for the first time since his Aug. 23 start was cut short because of a strained forearm. He will be evaluated in the next couple of days. … CF Josh Hamilton did not start after receiving an injection for his sore left knee but was expected to return to the lineup tonight against Seattle. … 3B Adrian Beltre (strained left shoulder) was not in the original lineup against the Indians but later was listed as the DH after convincing manager Ron Washington that he could play.

Orioles: RHP Jason Hammel had an MRI exam that showed no new damage to his right knee, and he hopes to return soon.

Rockies: C Ramon Hernandez, who tore a tendon in his left hamstring while running out a hit, will have season-ending surgery.

Pettitte to return to Yanks' rotation 09/13/12 [Last modified: Friday, September 14, 2012 1:08am]

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