ANDY PETTITTE is set to rejoin the New York Yankees and start this Sunday at home against the Seattle Mariners.
"Everybody's in agreement he's not going to benefit from any more time below," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday.
Pettitte retired after the 2010 season and sat out last year. The lefty, who turns 40 next month, returned to the team in spring training and has been pitching in the minors.
Pettitte threw five shaky innings Sunday in his first Triple A start in his comeback, allowing five runs and eight hits. He has pitched four times in the minors this year with a 3.71 ERA in 17 innings.
"I think the fans are excited. I know Andy's really excited," Cashman said.
Pettitte is 240-138 lifetime, spending 13 years with the Yankees and three seasons with Houston.
In other news, the agent for Mariano Rivera said Monday's evaluation the 42-year-old Yankees closer's injured knee did not go smoothly.
"We ran into complications," Fernando Cuza told the New York Post. "I am referring to Dr. [Christopher] Ahmad and [Yankees general manager] Brian Cashman for further information."
Ahmad is the Yankees' team physician.
A high-ranking team official told ESPNNewYork.com that he didn't believe the complications were serious, but he said the team was still gathering information.
Another team official, who wouldn't specify Rivera's "complication," told ESPNNewYork.com that the pitcher had not suffered a torn medial collateral ligament in addtion to a torn ACL and damaged meniscus - a significant revelation because when an athlete tears all three, orthopedic surgeons refer to it as "the terrible triad" - generally a career-ending injury scenario.
Tuesday night, David Robertson struck out Carlos Pena with the bases loaded to end a rocky ninth inning in his first save chance since Rivera's injury, helping the host Yankees end a seven-game skid against the Tampa Bay Rays with a 5-3 victory.
Raul Ibanez homered twice, Curtis Granderson also connected and the Yankees handed James Shields (5-1) his first loss in seven starts this season.
In other games *
At Cleveland, Alex Rios tripled home the go-ahead run in the 10th inning and the Chicago White Sox beat the Indians, 5-3.
* At Kansas City, Billy Butler hit a mammoth three-run homer in the eighth inning to lift the Royals to a 6-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
* At Minneapolis, Scott Diamond pitched a career-best seven scoreless innings in his season debut and Ryan Doumit hit a two-run homer, to help lead the Minnesota Twins to a 5-0 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
Diamond (1-0) struck out six, the most in any of his eight major league starts, and allowed only four hits.
The judge in the Roger Clemens perjury trial being held in Washington said jurors were getting bored with the pace of the case and told both sides to stop wasting time with unnecessary questions.
"Those folk are fed up because they see their time being wasted," U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton told the defense and government lawyers.
Walton said a juror asked his law clerk if the judge would advise what the charges are because some of jurors are "far afield" from what the actual charges are.
Clemens, a seven-time winner of baseball's Cy Young Award, is accused of lying to Congress when he denied using steroids and human growth hormone.
Meanwhile, Walton dealt the government a defeat when he ruled it could not admit Clemens' baseball contract into evidence. Prosecutors wanted to use the contract to show the financial incentives Clemens had to take performance enhancing drugs to prolong his career.
* Rosando "Rusty" Torres, who played for several teams, including the Yankees, was arrested in Long Island, N.Y. and is facing sex abuse charges.
The 63-year-old former outfielder is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday on four misdemeanor counts of sexual abuse. Prosecutors say Torres worked for the Town of Oyster Bay as a baseball coach. They say an 8-year-old was sexually abused inside a town-issued van.
Torres played for the in 1971 and 1972. He also played for Cleveland, Kansas City, the Chicago White Sox and California Angels.