Andy Pettitte will not participate in this year's World Baseball Classic.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, via text, confirmed that Pettitte's agent Jim Murray informed the team that Pettitte would not be on the WBC roster for manager Joe Torre's Team USA.
Pettitte, 40, had been on the fence about participating, and Torre had left open a roster spot that might now fall to Detroit ace Justin Verlander. The Yankees' Robinson Cano is slated to play for the Dominican team and Mark Teixeira is on the U.S. roster.
Pettitte is coming of a truncated 2012 season in which he missed nearly three months due to a fracture above his left ankle caused by a line drive.
Andy Pettitte will not pitch in World Baseball Classic
Bergen Record | Jan 31