Andy Pettitte: “I feel like I can pitch for a long time”

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After coming out of retirement to pitch well for the Yankees last season and then deciding to return this season on a one-year, $12 million contract Andy Pettitte is dropping hints that he might keep going for a while.

“I’m loving being back,” Pettitte said, via Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York. “If I stay healthy, I feel like I can pitch for a long time. It doesn’t mean I want to, but I feel like I could.”

Pettitte will be 41 years old soon and missed three months last season when a line drive broke his leg, so the staying healthy part may prove difficult. But there’s no doubt that his performance last season–which included a 2.87 ERA and his best strikeout rate since 2004–was that of a pitcher who has plenty left in the tank.