- Matt Ehalt, ESPN New York contributor
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Andy Pettitte acknowledged Sunday that the fractured left ankle he suffered earlier this season has made him think about returning in 2013.
"I could probably say that when I came back I thought there was no chance that I was coming back, this is a one-year deal," Pettitte said. "But getting hurt and only having 60 innings right now and you were hoping to have a couple hundred innings under your belt, it definitely gives me the option to consider coming back again next year, that's for sure."
Pettitte pitched in nine games for the Yankees before suffering his injury on June 27 against Cleveland. He is 3-3 with a 3.22 ERA and has thrown 58 2/3 innings leading into Tuesday's start, when he will make his return from the disabled list against Toronto.
While teammate Mariano Rivera's torn ACL prompted the closer to vow to return, Pettitte believes their situations are different as he could potentially have four more starts before the regular season ends.
"I'm hoping to get a lot of work in still this year," Pettitte said. "We'll see what happens as this year continues on."
The lefty said he's ready and feels good heading into Tuesday's start. He's excited to get back to the mound after being relegated to a cheerleader of sorts during the past few months. He admitted that it's been tough to watch the team struggle.
"You want to be in the mix and want to be in this rotation and hopefully contribute and go out and throw quality starts and give this team a chance to win," Pettitte said. "That's what I came back for and to have to sit here and to watch it for the last two months has been difficult because I came back because I wanted to pitch, I wanted to compete and I haven't been able to do that. Just looking forward to getting back out there, that's for sure."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said it would be great to get five innings and 70 pitches out of Pettitte against the Blue Jays.
"I know what I expect out of myself. I expect to be able to give us however many starts I've got before we hopefully get to the playoffs," Pettitte said. "I expect to give us good outings. If I don't, I'm going to be disappointed. ... I'm looking forward to it being a battle and I feel like I'm ready for that physically and mentally."
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