Andy Pettitte hasn’t thrown a full, injury-free season since 2009. Over the last three years, including the one he spent in retirement, the lefthander has pitched a total of 204 innings, or approximately what the Yankees are counting on him for in 2013.
So the odds already were against Pettitte staying healthy from April to October, as he turns 41 in June. But now he is pushing the envelope by agreeing to pitch in the World Baseball Classic, considering that he’ll be throwing at his regular-season intensity level by early March.
For a team counting on so many old guys, increasing the risk of injury for someone as valuable as Pettitte is asking for trouble.
Not that the Yankees can do much about it. The WBC is Bud Selig’s baby, and the baseball commissioner demands that teams cooperate in allowing players to participate.
I have to say that I agree wholeheartedly with this. I don’t see this ending well.