Andy Pettitte used human growth hormone to recover from an elbow injury in 2002, the New York Yankees pitcher admitted two days after he was cited in the Mitchell Report.

"If what I did was an error in judgment on my part, I apologize," Pettitte said yesterday in a statement. "I accept responsibility for those two days."

On Thursday, Pettitte was among 85 players named by former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell's investigation into steroids and performance-enhancing drugs.

Pettitte asked Brian McNamee, the trainer he shared with Roger Clemens, to help him with HGH while on the disabled list early in the 2002 season, the report said. McNamee recalled injecting Pettitte two to four times, Mitchell said.

"In 2002, I was injured. I had heard that human growth hormone could promote faster healing for my elbow," Pettitte said in the statement. "I felt an obligation to get back to my team as soon as possible. For this reason, and only this reason, for two days I tried human growth hormone. Though it was not against baseball rules, I was not comfortable with what I was doing, so I stopped."

Pettitte was not linked to steroids in the report.

Justice denies use.

Five years after his retirement, David Justice, who played for 14 seasons, was cited in the Mitchell Report as having purchased human growth hormone from Kirk Radomski, a former Mets clubhouse attendant, and admitting that to McNamee.

"Mac is lying, and he knows he's lying," Justice said Thursday. "He was going to go to jail, and they told him: 'Look, you get a free pass, but we need names. Tell us about everything you know.' That's what he did. I'm not saying everything's a lie about everybody, because some of the stuff he said was pretty convincing because he offered details. But with me, he's lying."

Marlins shocked.

Former Marlins said they were shocked, stunned and in disbelief over comments made by former bullpen catcher Luis Perez, who was quoted in the Mitchell Report as providing steroids and other illegal drugs to almost all the members of the team.

Said former Marlins manager John Boles, "If anybody was on steroids, they were on the wrong stuff, because they weren't playing that well."