This has been expected news all along, but the Associated Press reported last night that prosecutors plan to have Andy Pettitte testify in the Roger Clemens perjury trial, which is set to begin jury selection on April 16.
The government says Pettitte will testify about his use of human growth hormone with the assistance of Brian McNamee, Clemens’ former trainer. Pettitte has previously acknowledged that McNamee injected him twice with HGH while he was recovering from an injury.
Pettitte came out of retirement last week and signed a one-year, $2.5 million minor league contract with the Yankees. The current timeline has the 39-year-old southpaw being major-league ready by around May 1, so the trial shouldn’t have a big impact on his status.
Royals’ Opening Day starter Danny Duffy weathered a minor scare during Saturday’s Cactus League game against the Diamondbacks. The left-hander was removed from his final spring training start after experiencing some left shoulder tightness in the second and third innings. No lasting damage appears to have been done — Duffy told reporters that he simply felt a slight ache, nothing more — and it looks like he’ll remain on track to open the season with the team next Thursday.
The 29-year-old southpaw is coming off one of his best performances to date. Despite losing a few weeks to an oblique strain and elbow soreness, he went 9-10 in 24 starts and finished the 2017 season with a 3.81 ERA, 2.5 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 146 1/3 innings. While Duffy entered camp with a clean bill of health, he struggled to execute against his spring training opponents and racked up 13 runs, four homers, seven walks and 11 strikeouts in 13 innings of Cactus League play.
The Royals are scheduled to kick off their home opener against the White Sox on Thursday, March 29 at 4:15 PM ET. Barring any further complications with his shoulder, Duffy will take the mound for the Royals, while James Shields is expected to make his first Opening Day appearance for the White Sox.