Pettitte Rejoins the Yankees

PettittePitcher Andy Pettitte has ended his one-year retirement and is making a comeback with the New York Yankees.

The Yankees announced Friday that Pettitte had signed a minor league
deal with an invitation to big league spring training. If added to the
major league roster, Pettitte would get a $2.5 million, one-year

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said there are no incentives in the deal and that Pettitte will only be a starter.

Cashman believes Pettitte will not be ready to break camp
with the team when spring training ends early next month. Pettitte, 39,
last played in 2010. The lefthander sat out last season but was with
the Yankees in camp this spring as an instructor.

Pettitte is 240-138 lifetime. In his last season with the Yankees, he was an All-Star and went 11-3.

Royals’ Perez has knee surgery — Catcher Salvador Perez
had surgery Friday to repair a tear in his left knee and will miss at
least three months, an injury that’s left Kansas City looking to get
someone as a fill-in.

Manager Ned Yost said “it’s going to be pretty important”
the Royals acquire a catcher with Perez unlikely to return before July
1. Even when he returns, it is doubtful he would be able to catch five
or six days a week.

Phillies release Willis — The Philadelphia Phillies have released lefthanded pitcher Dontrelle Willis.

Willis, 30, signed a deal with the Phillies this offseason and was competing for a bullpen spot this spring.

A two-time All Star with the Florida Marlins, Willis has
pitched for four teams in nine seasons, all of them as a starter. The
Phillies signed him to a nonguaranteed contract in December, and
according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, he will receive $139,000 in
severance pay.

In three appearances this spring, Willis has allowed five earned runs on five hits and four walks in 2 2/3 innings.

SOURCE: The Associated Press