Andy Pettitte will return from a broken ankle and rejoin the Yankees’ rotation Tuesday, but the 40-year-old left-hander remains uncertain about whether he’ll return in 2013.
Pettitte told reporters this morning that when he initially came out of retirement it was strictly a one-year thing, but the injury and lack of innings this season “definitely gives me the option to consider coming back again next year, that’s for sure.”
How he performs down the stretch will likely be a factor, of course, but before taking a line drive off his ankle Pettitte was looking like his old self with a 3.22 ERA and 59/15 K/BB ratio in 59 innings.
Jon Morosi of FOX Sports and MLB Network reports that the Padres are working to trade starter Andrew Cashner. He notes that a deal may be consummated before he takes the hill for Tuesday’s start in Toronto against the Blue Jays. The Marlins, Orioles, and Rangers have had reported interest in Cashner.
Cashner is 4-7 with a 4.79 ERA and a 61/27 K/BB ratio in 73 1/3 innings. He missed over three weeks between June 11 and July 2 due to a strained neck.
The right-hander is earning $9.625 million this season and will be eligible for free agency after the season.
The Nationals announced on Tuesday that the club activated first baseman Ryan Zimmerman from the 15-day disabled list. Zimmerman had been out since July 7 with a strained rib cage on the left side.
Zimmerman has been inserted in the sixth spot in Tuesday’s lineup against the Indians. The veteran went on the DL with a lackluster .221/.284/.402 triple-slash line with 12 home runs and 38 RBI in 313 plate appearances.
Clint Robinson and Daniel Murphy split time at first base in Zimmerman’s absence, which allowed Trea Turner to get regular playing time at second base. Turner will play center field on Tuesday night.
The Nationals also activated pitcher Sammy Solis from the disabled list. Solis had been out since July 7 with inflammation in his right knee.