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Pettitte remains out

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Mar 23, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

We interrupt the live blog with some news:

Andy Pettitte (back spasms) had hoped to play catch today. He did not.

That means he will not appear in a game until Friday at the earliest. If Pettitte is delayed any further, his first start of the season could be jeopardized.

“I was really feeling pretty good last night, and feeling good about it, what today was going to bring,” Pettitte told reporters back in Tampa. “Then I woke up this morning and it was kind of tight on me again. I’ve already lost two days. I don’t want to set it back any. I’m just going to wait until tomorrow and hopefully it’s a lot better and I can feel comfortable playing catch.”

Pettitte still hopes he can start against Toronto on April 2.

“I’m definitely optimistic because I think it’s going to clear up,” he said. “We’ve got options. It’s just the first start of the season. I don’t want to do that, but I want to make sure that I’m healthy and not go into the season with a bad back.”

If Pettitte can play catch on Monday, he could throw in the bullpen on Wednesday and start on Friday in Miami.

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