Andy Pettitte on Roger Clemens' comeback: 'He loves to compete'

August 22, 2012 - 6:10 am

When Roger Clemens announced that he would pitch in an independent minor league game in Texas this week, former close friend and teammate Andy Pettitte was caught off guard -- until he thought about it. "I guess you could say it kind of surprised me, but I guess it doesn'€™t surprise me with him,"Pettitte told reporters Tuesday in Chicago, where his Yankees were playing the White Sox. '€œI know he loves to compete and I wish him nothing but the best.'€™'€™ Pettitte, whose testimony in Clemens' perjury trial this summer was supposed to help prosecutors but ended up making the case more confusing when he backed off the certainty of his initial claims that Clemens admitted using performance-enhancing drugs, said he wouldn't be surprised if Clemens' Saturday night start for the Atlantic League's Sugar Land Skeeters leads to something more -- maybe even the majors. Said Pettitte: '€œI don'€™t know, but you would guess, '€˜Why not do it unless you are trying to get back there.'€™ I am not real sure to tell you the truth, but he is definitely somebody who can pull it off.'€™'€™ The 40-year-old Pettitte, who returned this season after sitting out 2011 in retirement, is 3-3 with a 3.22 ERA for the Yankees. He's been sidelined since June 27 as he recovers from a broken ankle, and he said this week he has not ruled out returning next season.