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Monday, March 19, 2012
Pettitte: I'm not scared to fail

By Andrew Marchand

Andy Pettitte said he will need at least six weeks of spring training and he doesn't expect to be in the Yankees' rotation until May 1, at the earliest.

"That would be a good date to shoot for," Pettitte said on "The Michael Kay Show" on ESPN New York 1050.

While that is a "good date," it is not a firm date.

"Me and the organization, we talked, 'Don't even put a time table on it,' because you just don't know what is going to come up," Pettitte said. "At my age, I've been off, and, I didn't lie to y'all, I went a long time without working out. In December, I started cranking it back up. I'm going to have to go through some stuff."

Pettitte, who turns 40 in June, said he is looking forward to being at Yankees camp on Tuesday, which will be his first official day back on the job.

"We're fired up to do this," Pettitte said. "I'm not scared to come back and fail. I can tell you, I don't think I'm going to fail or I wouldn't come back to do this. I think that if I can just get myself mentally back to the place that I was, I really believe that the stuff is going to be there because the stuff wasn't that great anyway [in 2010]. I was putting it in a good spot."

Pettitte lost about $10 million by waiting until earlier this month to finally realize he is ready to come back. The Yankees had offered him $10 million to $12 million in late December and now he will be paid $2.5 million on a minor league deal.

"What's taken me so long is: can I do this mentally?" Pettitte said. "I don't know if I'm going to break down [physically]. I don't know how my body is going to feel or my legs."

Here are some other other highlights from the interview with Kay and Don LaGreca:

• Pettitte said if his wife, Laura, said she did not want him to do it, he wouldn't be back.

• He said he would have thought about playing for another team, but in the end, "Bottom line, no," he wouldn't have played for another club.

Jorge Posada was one of the first ones to text Pettitte after news broke on Friday.

• Pettitte thinks a big part of the transition will be working with Russell Martin. Martin has never caught Pettitte.

• Last year, he said he "did not miss it that much" and he barely watched the Yankees.

• As soon as he started working out he committed to coming back and he "absolutely loved it" again.

• Possibly becoming a Hall of Famer has nothing to do with his decision.

• He said he has "no idea" if this will be for more than one year.

• He really loved Kay show contributor Joey Salvia's song, "Oh, Andy" played at the end of the interview. Salvia is leaving the Kay Show after Monday.