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Jorge Posada “wouldn’t be surprised” if Andy Pettitte returns

Tampa Bay Rays v New York Yankees

NEW YORK - JULY 18: Andy Pettitte #46 of the New York Yankees looks on prior to leaving the game in the third inning against the Tampa Bay Rays as teammate Jorge Posada #20 calls for the trainer on July 18, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Pettitte suffered a groin injury. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

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Andy Pettitte announced his retirement on February 2, but today Jorge Posada told Wallace Matthews of that he “wouldn’t be surprised” if his longtime batterymate reconsidered and returned to the Yankees at some point in 2011.

Or course, Wallace also writes that Posada “admitted he had no real reason for believing Pettitte might change his mind” and is basing it mostly off his knowledge of Pettitte’s “competitive nature.”

Here’s more from Posada:

I just know how much Andy loves to compete. Andy’s a competitor, and that’s the thing you miss. Hopefully, we’ll see him again. It would be nice to see him come back.

However, before Yankees fans get too excited, Posada also told Matthews that Pettitte seemed “at peace with his decision” based on text messages they exchanged, saying: “It seemed like he had made his decision and he was OK with it.”

It’s tough to tell how much of Posada’s comments are wishful thinking, but either way I’m sure there will be Pettitte-related storylines throughout the first half, particularly if the back of the Yankees’ rotation struggles.