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Andy Pettitte will not pitch in the World Baseball Classic

Detroit Tigers v New York Yankees - Game One

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Andy Pettitte #46 of the New York Yankees walsk to the dugout after he was taken out of the game in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers during Game One of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 13, 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

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Team USA manager Joe Torre held open a roster spot for Andy Pettitte after the Yankees left-hander indicated he was interested in participating in the World Baseball Classic, but it won’t be happening.

Bryan Hoch of reports that Pettitte turned down his former manager’s offer, writing that “Torre said recently that the Yankees had voiced concerns about Pettitte taking part in the tournament, given the hurler’s recent injury history.”

Not only did Pettitte miss two months with a broken ankle last season, simply by virtue of being 40 years old there’s no reason to tack on any additional innings heading into his 18th season.