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Joe Girardi: Andy Pettitte is back in the rotation

Andy Pettitte throws a pitch against the Washington

Andy Pettitte throws a pitch against the Washington Nationals. (June 16, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

BOSTON — Joe Girardi made it official one day before he was expected to do so: Andy Pettitte is back in the rotation.

Girardi announced before Thursday night’s game that the 40-year-old lefthander, on the disabled list since June 28 with a fractured left ankle, will start Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Girardi said Wednesday that a decision would be made after Pettitte was evaluated on Friday by Dr. Christopher Ahmad. But given how good he felt a day after a four-inning simulated game, it was determined by Girardi, Ahmad, GM Brian Cashman, pitching coach Larry Rothschild and trainer Steve Donohue that he is ready.

Girardi said 70 pitches from Pettitte is “somewhat realistic.”

Pettitte sounded like a pitcher who wouldn’t have taken no for an answer. “I feel 100 percent,” he said. “I’m being honest with them. You never know what’s going to happen when you’re out there in the heat of the game, but I know my leg is 100 percent, so that’s the big thing. I just need to get out there. I need to get in a big-league game. I just want to go to battle with these guys.” 

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