Andy Pettitte to start for Yankees on Tuesday

Andy Pettitte will return to the rotation to start on Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium, manager Joe Girardi announced today. Pettitte will be making his first start since suffering a fractured left ankle in late June, and his return couldn’t come at a better time for a Yankees team that has found itself embroiled in a heated divisional race.

“That’s what you come back for,” Pettitte said. “Obviously it’d be nice to have a little bit of a bigger lead where you kind of take a breath. It’d be nice to know we were heading to the postseason right now and not have to worry about it, but I’m looking forward to being back and trying to help this club do what we want to do. That’s get to the postseason and hopefully win a championship. I want to be part of that solution and not sitting there watching it.”

The move bumps David Phelps to the bullpen. Girardi said that Phelps will be available in relief of Pettitte, who said that he expects to be able to throw about 60 to 65 pitches in a game situation.

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