After initial reports that Andy Pettitte would join teammate Mark Teixeira on Team USA for this year’s World Baseball Classic, the 40-year-old veteran will not participate in the event.
Pettitte’s agent, Jim Murray, confirmed that his client will not be playing, but instead will focus on the upcoming season in Spring Training, his first full one since 2010. Team USA manager and familiar face Joe Torre left an open roster spot in case Pettitte decided to join. However, the Yankees were concerned with age and injury history, so this likely is the best decision for the team.
Pettitte went 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA in a shortened season, due to his comeback and the broken ankle he suffered in June.