Andy Pettitte declared himself ready to return to the rotation following a 55-pitch bullpen session yesterday and apparently the Yankees agreed, because he’ll start Tuesday against the Blue Jays in New York.
Pettitte has been out since a line drive fractured his ankle on June 27, but before that he was having a fantastic comeback season with a 3.22 ERA and 59/15 K/BB ratio in 59 innings despite being 40 years old and sitting out all of 2011.
Pettitte will bump David Phelps from the rotation and yesterday Ivan Nova bumped Freddy Garcia from the rotation, so the Yankees’ stretch-run pitching plans have changed dramatically in the past 24 hours.
On Sunday, Rays outfielder Carlos Gomez hit a walk-off home run against the Twins. He was very fired up about his accomplishment and celebrated:
The Twins have already gotten upset with a player for bunting while Jose Berrios worked on a one-hit shutout. No one on the Twins said anything about Gomez’s antics, but even if they had, Gomez wouldn’t have felt any need to apologize, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Gomez said, “It’s something I know a lot of people are talking good about this, that baseball needs more of that. And some people say it’s not good. If enjoying and having fun in baseball is bad, I’m guilty.”
He added, “I was not trying to disrespect anybody. I was not looking to the other side, not looking at the ball. I was looking at my guys.”
Gomez also said that baseball is “getting a little boring.” His advice? “Enjoy it. Have fun. It’s competition.”
Can’t argue with that.