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Andy Pettitte could pitch against the Mets

New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte, center, stands

New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte, center, stands with pitching coach Larry Rothschild, far right, and other pitchers as Pettitte waits his turn on the mound during a fielding drill before a spring training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. (March 30, 2012) (Credit: AP)

MIAMI -- Over the weekend, Joe Girardi seemed to rule out using Andy Pettitte in the Yankees' final exhibition game Wednesday, but Monday he said that still is a possibility.

If not -- and Wednesday against the Mets still is a long shot -- the 39-year-old lefthander is all but certain to make his debut Thursday in a minor-league game.

"There's no guarantee he won't pitch Wednesday. I can't tell you if he is or he isn't," Girardi said before the Yankees played the Marlins. "I want to talk to him and see how he feels Tuesday."

Pettitte, after throwing a 25-pitch bullpen session in Tampa Monday morning, said he'll discuss things Tuesday with Girardi and pitching coach Larry Rothschild. "I'm planning on pitching somewhere, somehow on Thursday if I'm not doing something on Wednesday," Pettitte said, according to The Associated Press.

Pettitte threw a simulated game Saturday morning and was exhausted afterward, saying he didn't think he'd be able to go Wednesday. But he felt better Monday.

NOTES: In his final exhibition start, No. 2 starter Hiroki Kuroda allowed one run and three hits in three innings . . . .The only regulars who will make the trip to Port St. Lucie to face the Mets this afternoonTuesday afternoon are Nova, who will start, and outfielders Brett Gardner, Nick Swisher and Andruw Jones . . . Michael Pineda (right shoulder tendinitis) underwent treatment and ran in the outfield at Steinbrenner Stadium Monday.

Tags: Andy Pettitte , Mets , Yankees

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