Andy Pettitte will be back on the mound in the Bronx on Sunday, and the Yankees are hoping he can again be a reliable presence in their rotation. Pettitte is set to start against the Mariners in his first major-league outing since retiring after the 2010 post-season.
The lefty, who turns 40 next month, returned to the team in spring training and has made four minor-league starts. Even though Pettitte was shaky over five innings in a Triple-A start Sunday, GM Brian Cashman said the time is right.
"I think everybody's in agreement that he's not going to really benefit from any more time down there," said Cashman, who said he is trying to be realistic in his expectations for Pettitte.
"There's still the unknown," Cashman said. "There's a gap between what the old Andy Pettitte is and what we're going to get? I just don't know yet. But we're looking forward to adding another healthy arm to the mix here because depth has been challenged."
Sizemore aiming for return in June
Grady Sizemore isn't about to give up on his latest rehab with the Cleveland Indians.
The three-time All-Star outfielder, on the disabled list for the seventh time in the past four years, said he hopes to return in June and hasn't thought about calling it a career.
"I'm not at that point yet," said Sizemore, 29, who had lower back surgery March 1.
"I still feel pretty young and I'm relatively early in my career. I love this game. I've had tough luck with injuries. All you can do with that is try to get healthy."
Sizemore got hurt early in spring training while rehabbing from right knee surgery in October.
One of Rockies' original owners dies
One of the Rockies' original owners, Jerry McMorris, died, Tuesday in Denver of cancer. He was 71. McMorris was part of a group that purchased a controlling interest in the club in 1992 and he served as chairman, president and CEO of the team until 2001. He was part of the team's ownership group until 2005.
■ The Nationals placed outfielder Jayson Werth on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, a day after Werth underwent surgery to repair his broken left wrist. Werth is expected to be out at least 12 weeks. The Nationals activated third baseman Ryan Zimmerman from the DL. Zimmerman hasn't played since April 20 because of right shoulder inflammation.
■ The A's scratched center fielder Yoenis Cespedes from the lineup shortly before Tuesday night's game against the Blue Jays. Cespedes left batting practice early and the team announced he was out of the lineup about an hour before first pitch. The A's did not give a reason for the change. Cespedes is batting .245 with five homers and 21 RBI this season.
■ The Mariners' Steve Delabar, a Central Hardin graduate, picked up his first win of the season by pitching a scoreless ninth inning in Seattle's 3-2 win against the Tigers on Monday. Delabar is 1-0 with a 3.94 ERA in 16 innings this season. He has 20 strikeouts and two walks.