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Andy Pettitte will not play in WBC

01/30/2013 8:17 AM ET
By Jon Lane

Andy Pettitte will help anchor the Yankees' rotation in 2013.(AP)
In lieu of pitching for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, New York Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte will remain with the team for the duration of Spring Training, general manager Brian Cashman confirmed to MLB.com.

Pettitte was not on Team USA's provisional roster. Although manager Joe Torre kept a spot open for the veteran, he recently expressed concern about Pettitte participating in the tournament given his recent injury history. Pettitte missed time in 2010 with a strained groin and after coming out of retirement last season he was felled by a fractured fibula in late June.

Pettitte went 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 12 starts in 2012 and agreed to a one-year deal to return in '13. Mark Teixeira (USA), Robinson Cano (Dominican Republic) and Francisco Cervelli (Italy) are the Yankees who will play in the international tournament beginning on March 2.

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