The official Team USA roster will be announced tomorrow, however we already know that Andy Pettitte will be participating in this year’s World Baseball Classic, according to WFAN’s Jon Heyman.
Pettitte, 40, admittedly said he didn’t have his legs fully underneath him for much of the season. His decision to pitch in the WBC can be viewed as both a risk and reward for him and the Yanks.
First the risk. WBC or not, Pettitte’s age alone is enough to ask questions about workload and whether or not he can handle the rigors and grind of a 162 game season. Pitching extra stressful innings could compound the problem, especially as the “dog-days” of summer descend on the Bronx. He will turn 41 in June, and hasn’t had an injury-free season since 2009; Pettitte has had a history of elbow, groin and back problems throughout his career.
The Yankees success throughout the regular season and playoffs if they reach, will be heavily attributed to Pettitte’s performance. They want him as fresh as can ...