Andy Pettitte visits Yankees’ spring training, content with retirement

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Andy Pettitte announced his retirement last February after compiling 240 career wins, 2,251 strikeouts and a 3.88 ERA over 16 major league seasons, but he was back in Yankees’ camp earlier today. As a guest instructor, that is.

The 39-year-old naturally felt a bit nostalgic conversing with his former teammates and being back in uniform for the first time since the 2010 ALCS against the Rangers, but he told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com that he is quite content with retirement.

“Then you take a step back, you evaluate where you’re at, what you’ve been doing and the reasons that I retired – to be with the family and spend time with them,” Pettitte said. “Things are good. Things are really good; just loving life. No doubt, when you get around here and get close to it, you’re like, ‘Man, you’re 39 years old and Mo is 42.’ It’s just good to be here and be around the guys.”

Pettitte may not have a comeback in his future, but he has lobbied Yankees manager Joe Girardi to throw batting practice tomorrow.

Cardinals move Luke Weaver to the bullpen

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Cardinals right-hander Luke Weaver has been reassigned to the bullpen, manager Mike Shildt announced Sunday. Fellow righty Daniel Poncedeleon will take his spot in the rotation for the time being, though it’s still unclear whether Weaver’s demotion is a permanent one or not.

Still, it’s not the most surprising of moves, especially as the club advances toward a potential playoff berth in October. Weaver, 24, has struggled to find his groove this season after putting up a 6-11 record in 24 starts and a 4.67 ERA, 3.2 BB/9 and 8.0 SO/9 over 125 1/3 innings in 2018. During two of his last three outings in August, he was pulled before the fifth inning, citing mechanical issues with his delivery that may be impacting his fastball location and delivery and having an adverse effect on his results — and those of the team — as well.

Poncedeleon, on the other hand, appears primed to take on more responsibility following an impressive run with the Cardinals this summer. He maintained a sub-3.00 ERA through his first six appearances, issuing four runs, nine walks, and 10 strikeouts over 17 2/3 innings. While he hasn’t handled more than one start in the big leagues, his track record in the minors speaks to his ability to get consistent results on the mound: he went 9-3 in 17 starts at Triple-A Memphis with a 2.15 ERA, 4.7 BB/9 and 10.1 SO/9 across 92 innings. He’s scheduled to cover for Weaver on Tuesday against the Pirates and will presumably continue to pitch out of the rotation for the remaining six weeks of the season.