Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he does not expect to hear from Pettitte this week despite two reports yesterday that the left-hander was going to let the Yankees know his retirement decision soon.All signs point to Andy calling it a career.
"We've been moving forward as if he's not playing," Cashman said. "He may tell us otherwise at some point, but, no, this week we're not expecting to hear anything from Andy. He's already given us the courtesy on several occasions of telling us don't count on him and he's not expecting to play. It's not official, but he didn't want to hold us up."
Many around the Yankees believe Pettitte is going to retire. Cashman said Pettitte has been clear that is the way he is leaning. The GM went so far as to say he would not even expect a call from Pettitte if he elects to retire, only one if he wants to play in 2011.
"He might call and say, 'Hey, I want to play,' but I don't expect a call with him telling us, 'Hey, I'm not playing,' because he's kind of already told us don't count on me playing," Cashman said.
The 38-year-old Pettitte spent the holidays in Hawaii with his family. Reports by ESPN.com and SI.com said the Yankees expected to hear something from Pettitte this week. But Cashman said no one from the Pettitte camp has indicated a decision is near.
"This week is no different than the previous week or the previous week or the previous week before that," Cashman said.
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
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