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Fri, 11 May 2012 03:46 AM EDT

After retiring and being away from the major leagues for at least one year, Andy Pettitte will make his come back to the N.Y Yankees on Sun. versus the Seattle Mariners, the team announced. Basketball betting lines

“I’m excited,” Yankees boss Joe Girardi related. “I believe it will be a great day at the stadium.”

Neither Yankees CEO Brian Cashman nor Girardi would say whose place in the rotation Pettitte will take. Rookie David Phelps, who made his 2nd career start in the majors in opposition to the Tampa Bay Rays, is the most likely applicant. Phelps is 0-1 with a 3.74 ERA. Phil Hughes, who is 2-4 with a 6.67, is another possibility.

In 4 games in the minor leagues, Pettitte was 0-2 with a 3.71 ERA.

“The reports I’ve gotten have been acceptable,” Girardi related.

After consulting with Girardi, pitching Coach Larry Rothschild and his evaluators, Cashman felt Pettitte was ready to go. Girardi and Rothschild decided Sunday would be the best day to slot Pettitte in.

“We feel that he’s physically all set,” Girardi related. “He feels he’s physically ready.”

Girardi said the bullpen would be better set up with Pettitte going Sun. Pettitte will follow Hiroki Kuroda on Fri. and Hughes on Saturday versus Seattle.

By Sunday, Phelps might be rested enough to restart as the team’s long reliever. If he throws good enough, Phelps may cause the Yankees to change their minds on if he is the odd man out.

Pettitte, 39 year-old, will train near his home in Westchester, NY, in expectation for his start. He threw at his home in Houston the other day, Cashman related. Cashman announced that Pettitte may throw his bullpens at Yankee Stadium, but can’t be with the team during games.

“He is a jack of all trades,” Cashman added. “He knows precisely what he requires in order to get it done. That isn’t a problem.”

When the Yankees signed Pettitte in the middle of March, it appeared he was the team’s 7th legitimate starter. However, the Yankees’ starting pitching has performed below expectancies while dealing with injuries. Michael Pineda, the primary prize of the Jesus Montero blockbuster trade, is out for the season after shoulder surgery.

“We are looking forward to adding another healthy arm to the mix,” Cashman related. “Because, yes, our depth has been challenged and some of our healthy starters have been inconsistent.”

Pettitte, who will turn 40 in a month, came out of retirement in mid-March. The Yankees signed Pettitte to a $2.5 million agreement. He last started a big league game on Oct. 18, 2010. He went 7 innings in a Game 3 loss to the Texas Rangers in the ALCS. Texas starter Cliff Lee outpitched Pettitte in the Rangers’ 8-0 win over the Yankees. Pettitte threw 7 innings of 2-run ball.

In 2010, he went 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA. He made the All-Star team, but missed a lot of the 2nd half due to injuries.

“I believe everyone expect to see Andy Pettitte,” Girardi said. “I believe you can only go back to what you have seen. … Will I be right? I hope so.”

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