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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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8 Responses to “Pettitte remains out”

  1. SJ44 March 23rd, 2008 at 2:51 pm

    My $.02 prediction. He starts the year on the DL.

    The Yankees are notoriously conservative with their pitchers.

    If the option is a Non-100% Pettitte for a cold weather start in Toronto or DL’ing him, it wouldn’t shock me if they DL him.

  2. Derek - RETIRE 21!!!(please?) March 23rd, 2008 at 2:53 pm

    calling for snow april 1st… def not bad back pitching weather

  3. Ranting Guy March 23rd, 2008 at 2:55 pm

    Andy’s had back spasms a few times before as I recall. If that’s all it is this time, he might have a set back for start or two.

    As long as it isn’t something like Randy Johnson’s back problems, I’m assuming he’ll be fine once it clears up.

    Maybe Iggy-san will get the call (w/o shades) in the meantime and he’ll strike out 17. :)

    Yeah. And maybe Pavano will too.

  4. Peter Abraham March 23rd, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    SJ:

    It’s not an injury, just stiffness. He injured his back last season and started the season. He may get bumped back a slot or two but I think he’ll start the season with them. 15 days is way too much for something like this.

    But the Yankees are conservative and usually fib about meedical stuff, so we’ll see.

  5. Derek - RETIRE 21!!!(please?) March 23rd, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    Rant, now youre just playing with my emotions… haha

  6. SJ44 March 23rd, 2008 at 3:07 pm

    That’s my thinking Pete (their lack of candor on the injury front) in why they may DL him.

    I don’t think he has an injury. If his back was injured, they would have sent him for an MRI.

    I’m just thinking that if he can’t throw this week, it may be prudent to DL him, leave him in Tampa to get well (helluva lot better to loosen up in the heat and humidity in FL than in the cold of Toronto and NY in April) and go from there.

    I just have a feeling his back, while not “injured” is not going to be ready to crank up for the season.

    Hopefully, I’m wrong and he will be ready to go.

  7. whozat March 23rd, 2008 at 3:52 pm

    “cold of Toronto ”

    isn’t toronto domed?

    The stadium, not the city. Though the latter would be neat.

  8. SJ44 March 23rd, 2008 at 4:05 pm

    Its domed but, when its cold outside, its cold inside that place.

    I watched a game once there when the roof was closed and I thought I was outside!

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