The drum beat for Andy Pettitte’s return to the Yankees is increasing.
At least in the media.
This, from Craig Calcaterra of hardballtalk.nbcsports.com: ``A source close to Andy Pettitte tells me that there is a very strong possibility that Pettitte is going to pitch in 2011. He is doing his usual preseason workouts and has had no physical issues thus far.
``Moreover, the source tells me that Pettitte’s hesitation to confirm that he is coming back for the upcoming season is in no way connected to the Roger Clemens trial, which was something that many had speculated about.’’
And from Jon Heyman, the SI.com baseball guru, on Twitter: ``Some baseball people believe Pettitte will play.'' And he quotes one saying, "Why would he be working out if he's not playing?" Heyman said the offer to Pettitte will be $12 million.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who spoke at the now infamous breakfast interview with WFAN’s Mike Francesa, supposedly said of Pettitte, ``I believe he’s going to play,’’ according to a blogger who attended the event.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi is supposed to be calling Pettitte tonght. Stay tuned.