Will Yoder
Friday April 27th, 2012

New York Yankees closer Mariano Rivera says that the club needs his longtime teammate Andy Pettitte to return to the Major League club as soon as possible.

“We definitely need him back,” Rivera told the New York Post. “But we need him at 100 percent.”

“He’ll change the dynamic of the whole rotation,” Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson said. “We all know what a difference he can make.”

Pettitte, 39, decided late this spring that he wanted to make a comeback after a one-year retirement. He is currently ramping up for the season in the Yankees' minor league system. In 2010, Pettitte posted an 11-3 record with a 3.28 ERA in 21 starts. The three-time All-Star’s return would help a struggling Yankees rotation which just had to send Michael Pineda to the disabled list for the rest of the season.

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