Andy Pettitte hasn't decided whether he will return to the Yankees next season, though former teammate and manager Joe Girardi already senses that the veteran left-hander will be back to reclaim his pinstripes in 2013.
"Will I be surprised if he comes back? No, I won't," Girardi said Wednesday.
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He has exchanged text messages with Pettitte in the offseason. But Girardi said he bases his belief in the way Pettitte pitched when healthy during his first season back from a one-year retirement.
"Andy pitched well again," Girardi said. "So, my sense is he's going to be pulled to come back. He'll have to make a decision."
Pettitte went 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 12 starts. In 75.1 innings, Pettitte allowed 65 hits, walked 21 and struck out 69. He was 0-1 in two postseason starts, allowing five runs in 13.2 innings.
Girardi has also been in contact with Yankees captain Derek Jeter, whose fractured ankle remains in a cast.
Girardi also questioned the accuracy of a published report, which disclosed the manager's request during the playoffs to have the Yankee Stadium public address announcer not say Alex Rodriguez's name when he was pinch-hit for by Raul Ibanez in Game 3 of the ALDS against Baltimore. Ibanez hit a two-run homer to win the game for the Yankees.
Girardi reportedly wanted to spare the superstar's feelings.
However, Girardi refused to elaborate on the story, which he called "incorrect."