MLB notes: Pettitte to pitch Sunday for Yankees

Yankees starter Andy Pettitte will pitch his first MLB game in over a year on Sunday. (STEVE...

Yankees starter Andy Pettitte will pitch his first MLB game in over a year on Sunday. (STEVE NESIUS/Reuters file photo)

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Andy Pettitte is rejoining the New York Yankees and will pitch Sunday -- his first major-league game since the 2010 American League playoffs.

Pettitte, who turns 40 in June, came out of retirement this spring. He made four minor-league starts to prepare for his return to the majors -- the left-hander will face the Seattle Mariners on Sunday at Yankee Stadium.

"I think our fans are excited, Andy is excited, and I'll be excited if he plugs in and helps us," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told MLB.com Tuesday.

"If there's a gap between the old Andy Pettitte and what we're going to get, I don't know yet. It'll be nice to get another healthy arm in the mix."

HAMELS BAN 'A JOKE'

Detroit Tigers general manager Jim Leyland is miffed that pitcher Cole Hamels got only a five-game suspension for deliberately throwing at Bryce Harper.

"I think five games is way too light," Leyland told the Detroit News. "Personally, if I was making that vote, it would be a 15-game suspension -- at least."

Leyland doesn't usually talk about opposing players, but Hamels' actions Sunday night apparently hit a nerve. The Philadelphia Phillies left-hander drilled the 19-year-old Harper with a fastball in the back as a "welcome to the big leagues" gesture, then admitted he hit the Washington Nationals outfielder on purpose.

"If my pitcher went out and, almost in a braggadocious way, talked about hitting a guy and that 'I did it on purpose' ... (a five-game suspension) is not enough. There's no way.

"You know, we're always talking about our game being cleaned up and doing the right things for our game in all areas, and I'm 100% for that. But this is a perfect time to show that we mean business.

"It becomes a joke. Let's tell it like it is."

The suspension meant only that Hamels' next start would be pushed back two days to Sunday from Friday.

Chicago Cubs pitcher James Russell said Hamels should have kept his mouth shut about hitting an opponent.

"There are absolutely times when it's necessary (but) I don't think you need to go out and tell people, 'Hey, I did it on purpose,' and brag about it. That's kind of stupid and immature."

Nationals manager Mike Rizzo was fined an undisclosed amount Tuesday by MLB for calling Hamels' actions "classless" and "gutless."

ZIMMERMAN REJOINS NATS

Third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who missed 13 games of an inflammation in his right shoulder, was activated off the disabled list Tuesday by the Nationals.

He was replaced on the DL by outfielder Jayson Werth, who had surgery Monday on his fractured left wrist and is expected to be sidelined 10-12 weeks.

Zimmerman was hitting .224 with a homer and seven RBI in 15 games this season, entering the Nats game Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.

MOTA BLAMES COUGH SYRUP

Pitcher Guillermo Mota, suspended for 100 games after failing a drug test, is blaming the positive result on children's cough medicine.

The San Francisco Giants right-hander was hit with the ban Monday in the wake of a positive test for Clenbuterol.

"A 100-game suspension for taking a children's cough medicine that contains trace amounts of a prohibited substance, which is what happened here, is severe and unfair and does not reflect the intention of the joint drug prevention and treatment program," Mota's agent, Adam Katz, said in a statement Tuesday.

This was the second such suspension for Mota, who got 50 games in 2006 after testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

SETBACK FOR RIVERA

Complications have forced a delay in setting a date for Mariano Rivera's knee surgery, the Yankee pitcher's agent told the New York Post.

A meeting with surgeons Monday didn't go as well as expected for the veteran closer.

"We ran into complications," agent Fernando Cuza said.

A Yankees official told ESPNNewYork.com Tuesday he didn't believe the problem was serious.

Rivera tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee when he stumbled on the warning track shagging fly balls at batting practice last Thursday.

The 42-year-old, the career leader in saves with 608, aims to return next season.

BRIEFLY

General manager Doug Melvin and manager Ron Roenicke had their contracts extended Tuesday by the Milwaukee Brewers. Melvin's now runs through 2015 and Roenicke's through 2014 with an option for 2015 ... Right-hander Brad Penny, who made just one start in Japan's Pacific League, has been granted his release by the Fukokoa Softbank Hawks. Penny, 33, had a tough time adjusting to life in Japan, the newspaper Asahi Shimbun reported. Penny has offers to pitch in the major leagues, ESPN reported ... The Kansas City Royals have recalled pitcher Vin Mazzaro, 25, from triple-A Omaha. The right-hander was 1-1 with an 8.26 earned-run average in seven games with the Royals in 2011 ... The Nationals have signed free-agent left-hander Mike Gonzalez, who is coming off knee surgery, to a minor-league deal. Gonzalez, 33, had a 4.01 ERA last season pitching for Baltimore and Texas.


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