Andy Pettitte is no sure thing to pitch again this season following a recent setback with his broken ankle, but the 40-year-old sounds like someone planning to pitch in 2013.
Asked if he’d rule out coming back for another season, Pettitte told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York:
No, I wouldn’t. I mean, I’ll go home again and talk to my family about it and pray about it and really I’ll do what I feel like is the right thing to do. I really can’t tell you right now that there’s no way I’m [not] going to play.
Performance-wise coming back should be a no-brainer, as Pettitte was fantastic before the fluke injury with a 3.22 ERA and 59/15 K/BB ratio in 59 innings. He basically picked up right where he left off before retiring.
As for this season, Pettitte said: “I’m pretty much healed. Now it’s just a matter of not having a setback, you know?”
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.