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Breaking news: Pettitte being skipped

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc, Podcast on Mar 22, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

LHP Andy Pettitte (back spasms) will not pitch today. But the Yankees are hopeful he will make his start on Thursday and be ready for Game 2 against Toronto in the Bronx on April 2.

Pettitte had been scheduled to pitch in a minor-league game today.

UPDATE, 11:24 p.m.: Here’s Pettitte’s interview session after we got the news about his back:

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29 Responses to “Breaking news: Pettitte being skipped”

  1. jennifer-Phil Hughes saved!! Mussina is NOT DONE! anti-anti March 22nd, 2008 at 10:56 am

    I guess it is confirmed. :( Hopefully it is nothing.

  2. WangFan88 March 22nd, 2008 at 11:05 am

    I have a bad feeling that Andy Pettitte is going to have a tough beginning to the season. I think the stupid steroids nonsense weighed on him during the offseason and prevented him from staying in good shape.

  3. DC March 22nd, 2008 at 11:06 am

    Was he complaining of anything?

  4. Rebecca--Optimist Prime--Mission 2708 March 22nd, 2008 at 11:08 am

    Just hope he’s okay when the season starts.

  5. PEDitte March 22nd, 2008 at 11:09 am

    Its the beginning of the end.

  6. anti-mussina March 22nd, 2008 at 11:35 am

    can andy stay healthy without HGH?

  7. SJ44 March 22nd, 2008 at 11:37 am

    Real intelligent responses here.

    Back spasms aren’t a big deal.

    If they were, I guess Josh Beckett is “done” too.

  8. MikeEff ( Shelley: Everyday ) March 22nd, 2008 at 11:42 am

    it’s still worrisome, though he had them at the beginning of last year too. according to his audio, these aren’t as bad as then. lets hope so.

  9. MikeEff ( Shelley: Everyday ) March 22nd, 2008 at 11:43 am

    good morning SJ, Rebecca, Jenn etc

  10. anti-mussina March 22nd, 2008 at 11:47 am

    chronic back spasms is a big deal

  11. CB March 22nd, 2008 at 11:51 am

    “chronic back spasms is a big deal”

    You don’t know what chronic back spasms are do you?

    Hurting your back a year prior doing squats, being fine for a whole year, and then getting mild back spasms one year later in spring training aren’t a “big deal.”

    Back spasms that are a “big deal” make it so that people have trouble moving at all, they can’t get out of bed, they are in continuous pain, etc.

    Pettite has looked great all spring. He doesn’t have a lot to work on in terms of his pitches. He’ll be fine in all liklihood.

  12. SJ44 March 22nd, 2008 at 11:51 am

    So, now they are “chronic”?

    And you know this how, from your extensive medical background?

    There isn’t a pitcher in baseball that doesn’t have pain or soreness. It goes with the profession.

    He will pitch and pitch well because that’s what he has always done in his career. Blocked out the pain and get the job done.

    For you 10 year olds who can’t handle the PED issue or any bad news, put your head under the covers and come out when the season starts.

  13. Rishi March 22nd, 2008 at 11:54 am

    The sky is not yet falling…let’s just wait and see a few days, shall we?

  14. MikeEff ( Shelley: Everyday ) March 22nd, 2008 at 11:55 am

    here’s some better news:

    “Hanshin cut the lead to 5-4 with four runs in the second against rookie Clay Buchholz (Laptops) as Tigers fans in left field chanted throughout the inning,

    Buchholz’s bid for a spot in the rotation suffered as he had problems for the fourth time in four spring training starts.”

  15. Rishi March 22nd, 2008 at 11:56 am

    and I was going to post this:

    Mike Timlin, who got hit in the hand on a comebacker to the mound on Wednesday, isn’t likely to pitch in the season opener against the Athletics in Tokyo.

    Timlin ended up with two stitches on the ring finger of his pitching hand from the exhibition game against the Blue Jays. He might not have to go to the disabled list, however, because of the way the schedule is laid out.

    ”I don’t know yet,” Timlin told reporters, according to the Boston Globe. ”We have to check it out. I can play catch. The ball hit me off the end of the finger. I tried to get my hand out of the way, actually. I wasn’t trying to reach and catch the ball.”

  16. Chrissy March 22nd, 2008 at 11:58 am

    As long as he’s healthy by the regular season it’s fine.

  17. PEDitte March 22nd, 2008 at 12:03 pm

    “Buchholz’s bid for a spot in the rotation suffered as he had problems for the fourth time in four spring training starts.”

    Exactly how many rough outings did Wang have this spring?

  18. CB March 22nd, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    That’s interesting on Buchholz. I would have guessed hitters who hadn’t seen him before would have had a lot of trouble with him because his release point is so unorthodox.

    Also, not that many pitchers throw change ups in Japan (this is one of the reason’s why Igawa was successful). The change isn’t a major part of what hitters see there. Would’ve figured they’d have trouble with Buchholz.

    With Schilling down the Sox need Buchholz not only to fill in but to be good this year. He’s gone from insurance to an important piece, especially with wakefield still in the rotation.

  19. Danny Bitzer March 22nd, 2008 at 12:05 pm

    Off Topic:

    New all-time attendance record at Legends Field last night. The 11,079 fans that paid their way in was a new single game record.

    BTW, Legends Field has sold out every single game since it was built in 1996.

    That’s 12 straight years and counting.

  20. Patrick March 22nd, 2008 at 12:06 pm

    Put it in the books folks, this season is over. 62-100 here we come.

    Hey anti-mussina I thought Andy was still doing HGH, yet now hes injured whats the dealio?

  21. Blargh March 22nd, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Meh, even Bedard has been roughed up in 3 outings so far (7 HRs; 19 earned runs for a ERA of 9.5 this spring)

    It follows that he’ll deliver another Cy Young caliber season, of course.

  22. Drive 4-5 March 22nd, 2008 at 12:11 pm

    Danny Bitzer,

    It’s sad that there are some empty seats at Legend’s Field almost every game.The scalpers get their hands on tickets that everyday fans would love to buy in advance. Scalpers were asking as much as $170 for tickets to last nights game and $300 for our $27 seats for last week’s Red Sox game.

  23. painttheblack23 March 22nd, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    Wang is a back to back 19 game PROVEN starter and is using spring training to tune up. Buchholz is a laptop stealing punk who hasn’t made the team yet. Big diff idiot.

  24. Blargh March 22nd, 2008 at 12:21 pm

    Hmm, while browsing through’s spring training stats, go fig, Rasner’s given up 2 more walks but 6 less hits than Peavy has in the same amount of innings (12.1) (8 earned runs to Peavy’s 12 earned runs for that matter)
    Hurray for quirks of spring training

  25. Drive 4-5 March 22nd, 2008 at 12:25 pm

    Why should we care about Bucholz’s bad ST when folks are admonished here when they speak of Phil Hughes’ poor performance of late?

    Sometimes I think this blog’s theme song should be “Home On the Range” because nary is heard a discouraging word and the skies are not cloudy all day.

    Yes, some folks here do over-react and it IS only Spring Training. But when your #2 starter is feeling back discomfort and is scratched 10 days before his first regular season start, it is cause for concern. Not panic, but concern is warranted.

  26. CB March 22nd, 2008 at 12:36 pm

    “Why should we care about Bucholz’s bad ST when folks are admonished here when they speak of Phil Hughes’ poor performance of late?”

    Clay Buchholz was shut down the last two year he’s pitched with a sore shoulder.

  27. bigjf March 22nd, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Didn’t he have back spasms this time last year too?

  28. CaptainsCorner March 22nd, 2008 at 1:10 pm

    Did he spend the night with Beckett? Hopefully 1 week is enough time off for him. It would stink for him to spend another year starting off on the DL. Maybe he worked himself too hard since he came to camp late and he wanted to make up for it. Hopefully he is really to go.

  29. rover March 22nd, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    could it be, andy is fine and well isn’t toronto the first series this year?

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