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08:17 AM ET 05.11 | Andy Pettitte is nearly all the way back, to the point he can picture himself back at Yankee Stadium. And when he stands there Sunday afternoon against the Seattle Mariners, the Yankees lefty expects to feel "just a little bit of anxiety" about restarting his pitching career. After all, he's a month shy of his 40th birthday, and it's been 19 months since his last big-league game. "But I'm just really excited to do it again," Pettitte said Thursday via conference call from his Westchester, N.Y., home. "It's the same old story, you want to get that first out behind you, get through that first inning." ... Though his body is still adjusting to the rigors of pitching every fifth day, "I just really believe I'm going to be able to get back where I was."

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May 11, 2012  09:29 AM ET

He could not get people out consistently at A, AA and AAA ball. How is this going to work?
dumb idea from the beginning. Let it go Andy and move on.

May 11, 2012  09:32 AM ET

if pitched against Pujols he'd be fine

May 11, 2012  10:38 AM ET

It doesn't look like Andy's comeback is drawing any interest from Yankees fans on this thread.

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May 11, 2012  12:05 PM ET

pettite, should be patient,,,, wait and breath deep you may need more oxigen than you thought while pitching for the yanks in this season!!!!!!

May 11, 2012  12:21 PM ET

If hating was a sport, most of you commenting on these threads would be in the big leagues.

May 11, 2012  12:54 PM ET
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If hating was a sport, most of you commenting on these threads would be in the big leagues.

Ooooooh. biiting!
<slams sarcasm button>

May 11, 2012  12:55 PM ET
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It doesn't look like Andy's comeback is drawing any interest from Yankees fans on this thread.

We know he is coming back...where is the controversy?

May 11, 2012  01:06 PM ET
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He could not get people out consistently at A, AA and AAA ball. How is this going to work? dumb idea from the beginning. Let it go Andy and move on.

I believe he can be a decent #4 starter based on his smarts and experience. However, this staff is brutal, so more pressure will be placed on him to lead, which is too much for him at this point.

Biggest problem Yanks have is finding someone, anyone to replace Hughes and possibly Kuroda, who are remarkably, well, unremarkable.

May 11, 2012  04:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He could not get people out consistently at A, AA and AAA ball. How is this going to work? dumb idea from the beginning. Let it go Andy and move on.

He wasn't there to shut out the minor leaguers, but to work on his pitches and get back into shape.

May 11, 2012  09:44 PM ET
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I believe he can be a decent #4 starter based on his smarts and experience. However, this staff is brutal, so more pressure will be placed on him to lead, which is too much for him at this point. Biggest problem Yanks have is finding someone, anyone to replace Hughes and possibly Kuroda, who are remarkably, well, unremarkable.

wouldn't take much to be a decent #4 starter on that staff...if you can walk and chew gum at the same time, you're in the running...

May 11, 2012  10:18 PM ET

he can't be any worse than Freddy Garcia was

 
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