TORONTO -- Andy Pettitte might be pitching with more than baseball on his mind during the final week of the regular season.

The lefthander's deposition in Brian McNamee's defamation lawsuit against Roger Clemens is scheduled for Wednesday in Manhattan, McNamee attorney Richard Emery said Thursday.

Pettitte's deposition date was scheduled in conjunction with his attorney regarding his pitching schedule, according to court papers filed Thursday. Pettitte's next start is Sunday.

Considered a key witness, Pettitte testified in Clemens' federal perjury trial last year that Clemens had told him he used human growth hormone, but he agreed under cross examination that there's a 50-50 chance he misheard Clemens.

Clemens was acquitted of charges he lied to Congress when he denied using performance-enhancing drugs.

In McNamee's defamation suit, filed in Brooklyn federal court, he contends Clemens slandered him by saying the trainer lied about injecting the pitcher with PEDs in the Mitchell Report.

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Romine frustrated

Austin Romine, who sustained a concussion Sept. 10 in Baltimore, isn't progressing as quickly as he'd like. "I still feel a little off," Romine said. "Everybody asks, what does off mean? I can't tell you. I know when I'm 100 percent and I'm not 100 percent."

 

Romine, 24, has been taking full BP and participating in catching drills but still wakes up not feeling quite right.

"I'm pretty positive it will be before the year is over," Romine said of his return. "But the way I'm feeling, I'm still waiting for that day I wake up and it's like a light switch, I'm good again."

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Girardi said he hadn't decided on his rotation for what is shaping up as a huge series against the Rays, but indicate there was a good chance the games would be started by Hiroki Kuroda (last night's starter), CC Sabathia, who starts Friday against the Giants, and Ivan Nova, scheduled to pitch Saturday.

"That probably has a chance of happening," Girardi said.

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CC Sabathia, Friday night's starter, was sent back to New York a day early . . . Girardi said Boone Logan, recently diagnosed with a bone spur in his throwing elbow, came through Wednesday's bullpen OK and could be available Friday.