Andy Pettitte re-thinking plans for 2013 after ankle injury

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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.

Dodgers feel optimistic about Corey Seager’s return in the World Series

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The Dodgers pulled through the five-game Championship Series without Corey Seager, but they’re counting down the days until their prized slugger/shortstop can make his first World Series appearance. He still has a ways to go before he can return to the field, however. Bill Plunkett of the OC Register reports that while Seager has been hitting off a tee, taking soft toss and running the curves of the infield, he’ll need to practice hitting in a simulated game before he can rejoin the team next Tuesday.

The 23-year-old infielder went 3-for-15 with a triple and two RBI in the NLDS earlier this month. He was sidelined in Game 3 of the series after making a bad slide into second base and sustaining a lower back strain. Although he’s made fairly rapid progress in his recovery over the last two weeks, he’s not back at 100% just yet, and Roberts said he won’t make a final decision on his status until it gets closer to game time. Even if Seager makes a successful return to his starting position, the Dodgers may not get the same .295/.375/.479 hitter they relied on during the regular season.

Provided that everything goes smoothly over the next two days, though, there’s a decent chance Seager will find his way to the infield — or, at the very least, to the plate. “We’re very optimistic,” Roberts said Saturday. “Corey doesn’t want to be denied.”