Pettitte to Testify at Steroids Perjury Retrial of Clemens

Andy Pettitte, the former All-Star pitcher who signed a minor league contract after a one-season retirement, will testify at the retrial of former New York Yankees teammate Roger Clemens.

“Andy Pettitte will testify about his own use of growth hormone, including his use with the assistance of” Brian McNamee, federal prosecutors said yesterday in a supplemental trial memorandum filed in federal court in Washington. McNamee is a former trainer for Clemens, who is accused of lying to Congress about his use of steroids.

Clemens, 49, a seven-time Cy Young Award winner, is charged with one count of obstructing a congressional investigation, three counts of making false statements and two counts of perjury in connection with a congressional probe of ballplayers’ alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs.

U.S. District Judge Reggie Walton last year declared a mistrial after prosecutors violated a court order when they showed the jury a video of a 2008 congressional hearing in which Pettitte’s wife was discussed. Walton had told the government not to refer to Laura Pettitte or to an affidavit she gave Congress.

At the start of last year’s trial, prosecutors said Pettitte would testify about his close relationship with Clemens and how Clemens told him in 1999 or 2000 that he had used human growth hormone. Clemens told Congress that Pettitte “misremembered” the conversation.

Clemens’s Lawyer

Rusty Hardin, a lawyer for Clemens, didn’t immediately return a call after regular business hours yesterday seeking comment on the government’s filing.

Pettitte signed a minor-league contract March 17 with the Yankees. The one-year deal includes an invitation to the Major League Baseball team’s spring training, the Yankees said in a statement.

Pettitte, 39, said in February 2011 that he decided to end his 16-year major league career. Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said the left-hander approached him during the off season about possibly returning.

Pettitte helped the Yankees win five World Series titles in 13 seasons, setting a record with 19 postseason victories. He was an All-Star in 2010 before a groin injury limited his activity during the second half of that season.

Pettitte has a 240-138 career record and a 3.88 earned run average, twice winning 20 games in a season. His 203 wins for the Yankees rank him third in franchise history, behind Whitey Ford (236) and Red Ruffing (231). He went 11-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 2010.

Pettitte has said he used human growth hormone, a banned strength builder, to help recover from injuries.

The case is U.S. v. Clemens, 10-cr-00223, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia (Washington).

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