Via Tyler Kepner, Yankees GM Brian Cashman announced tonight that Andy Pettitte will not pitch in 2011. Pettitte informed Yankee officials today ‘not count on him’ as they look to add another arm or two before pitchers and catchers report in roughly one month. No official word has come from Andy himself about retirement, but as of right now, he is ‘not in play for the 2011 season’.

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This news does not come as much of a surprise. We’ve been hearing for weeks that Pettitte was leaning towards retirement, citing his family as the main reason why. As outlined earlier last week, the Yankees have been preparing for awhile to move on. The Yankees have been linked to free agent pitchers Jeremy Bonderman, Justin Duchscherer, Jeff Francis, and others. Expect those talks to intensify over the next few weeks.

Given Pettitte’s competitive nature, this may simply be a tactic used by Cashman to motivate his 39-year-old lefty. Nothing is official until we hear from Andy himself, but with pitchers and catcher reporting in roughly one month, the Yankees need turn to Plan B.