The Andy Pettitte waiting game continues.

Pettitte is spending Thanksgiving week with his family at their ranch, making it unlikely that the lefthander will deliver his decision on his baseball future by Thanksgiving.

The Yankees are awaiting word on whether the 40-year-old southpaw plans to pitch in 2013, and while most industry insiders believe Pettitte will return for another season, there is a possibility that he will decide to retire for the second time in two years.

Pettitte's return is a key piece of the Yankees' offseason puzzle, as they currently have a starting rotation made up of CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes, Ivan Nova and David Phelps. The Bombers are also hopeful that Hiroki

Kuroda will come back for a second year in the Bronx, though the Dodgers and Angels are reportedly making a big push to lure the 37-year-old righthander back to the West Coast.

Pettitte went 5-4 with a 2.87 ERA in 12 starts last season, but he missed 12 weeks after breaking his left fibula during his start on June 27.

Following the Yankees' ALCS loss in Detroit on Oct. 18, Pettitte said he hoped to come to a decision about next season "within a month or so." The lefty has said several times that he still has the desire to compete, one of the primary reasons he ended his abbreviated retirement in March to return to the Yankees.

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