Veteran lefty Andy Pettitte says he is nearly healed from the broken ankle he suffered this season and is now also talking about a potential return for the 2013 season. Pettitte took a line drive off the foot in mid-July and has been on the shelf ever since, trying to rehab his way off the DL. It's not clear whether he'll return to the Yankees this season, but he told Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York that he's also not ruling out a return next year either:
Asked if he would rule out a return to the Yankees next season, Pettitte said, "No, I wouldn't. I mean, I'll go home again and talk to my family about it and pray about it and really I'll do what I feel like is the right thing to do. I really can't tell you right now that there's no way I'm (not) going to play."
Pettitte indicated that he was healed from the broken ankle but now needs to avoid a rehab setback, like the one he suffered in Seattle.
After coming out of retirement, the veteran Yankee proved himself as a valuable member of the rotation this season, posting a 3-3 record with a 3.22 ERA before the injury.
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