NEW YORK -- Andy Pettitte is not yet an American League All-Star, but that is fully expected to change when CC Sabathia throws his first pitch against the Mariners in one week at Safeco Field.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi used one of his choices for the AL roster on Sabathia, who will not be able to participate in the game if he pitches on Sunday due to a new rule that was instituted this season.
Girardi strongly hinted on Sunday that he plans to simply replace Sabathia with Pettitte, thus crediting two deserving Yankees hurlers with a trip to Angel Stadium.
"That is a move that will possibly be made at the end of the week, when one pitch is thrown on Sunday," Girardi said, with a smile.
Sabathia was 10-3 with a 3.33 ERA in 17 starts for New York, while Pettitte was 10-2 with a 2.82 ERA in 16 starts and had even warranted some discussion in certain circles about a possible All-Star Game start. Instead, he would be heading to Anaheim as a replacement.
"It's fine. This is a way we can do it where we get guys on our team to get there," Pettitte said. "I believe CC deserves to be there, and this is a great way to make sure that he's there."
Girardi explained the reasoning to Pettitte on Sunday and said that the 38-year-old lefty -- who is looking to make his third All-Star team and first since 2001 -- understood.
"The one thing about being the manager is, and knowing your rotation, you know who's throwing on Sunday and you know a lot of other guys who are throwing on Sunday," Girardi said.
"I thought CC was very deserving as well as Andy. Andy is very deserving. I would hate the fact that one guy wouldn't make it because he was pitching on Sunday. In this case, we could have a couple of left-handers."
Pettitte said that he was not disappointed with being excluded from the first round of announcements.
"It's a chance to be in the All-Star Game, and [Sabathia] deserves to be there," Pettitte said. "If we can take more guys from our team, it's a good situation. ... I love it that he's going to be there. That's awesome. Hopefully, I'll be able to be there also.
-- Bryan Hoch