Pettitte To Return To Yankees Rotation On Sunday

Pettitte set to rejoin rotation Sunday


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte is

set to rejoin the rotation on Sunday.

New York manager Joe Girardi announced the plan for Pettitte

before Wednesday night's game against Tampa Bay. Pettitte has been

sidelined since June 19 by a strained left groin.

With his return, Javier Vazquez will shift to a long relief


A.J. Burnett will start the opener of a three-game series at

Baltimore on Friday. CC Sabathia will pitch on Saturday, which also

lines up the 19-game winner to face Tampa Bay's 17-game winner

David Price five days later in the final game of a four-game series

with the Rays at Yankee Stadium.

Also, injured outfielders Nick Swisher (left knee) and Brett

Gardner (right wrist) could return to the starting lineup this


The Yankees signed left-hander Royce Ring to a major league

contract. The left-hander joined the team on Wednesday.



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