WASHINGTON – Andy Pettitte admitted using human growth hormone in 2004, saying it was supplied to him that time by his father, The Associated Press learned Wednesday.
After the Mitchell Report was released, Pettitte said he used HGH for two days in 2002 while with the New York Yankees. Last week, the pitcher was asked to discuss drug use in both a deposition and affidavit before a congressional committee.
"In that affidavit, Andy informed the committee that in addition to the two shots a day of HGH he took for two days in 2002, he also took HGH for a one-day period in 2004, shortly preceding season-ending elbow surgery," his lawyers, Jay Reisinger, Thomas Farrell and James Sharp, said in a statement.
Pettitte pitched for his hometown Houston Astros from 2004-06 before rejoining the Yankees last year.
Excused from testifying before a congressional committee focusing on Roger Clemens' alleged use of performance-enhancing drugs, Pettitte issued a statement through his lawyer minutes before the session began.
"Andy had not previously mentioned this usage because he acquired the substance from his father, who had obtained it without Andy's knowledge in an effort to overcome his very serious health problems, which have included serious cardiac conditions," the statement said. "Andy did not want his father, whom he deeply respects and loves, to be brought into this matter and sought to shield him from publicity. In both cases, Andy used HGH in a misguided effort to recover from injury."
The lawyers said Pettitte would speak with reporters when he arrives at spring training with the Yankees. Pitchers and catchers were due to report Thursday, but it was unclear whether Pettitte would be on time.