Andy Pettitte pitched only five innings and threw only 77 pitches against the Orioles today, and the reason he checked out early was stiffness just above the back of his left elbow. Pettitte went for an MRI. The Yankees said that it showed mild inflammation of the elbow. They said he will be treated conservatively and be evaluated daily at this point. Joe Girardi had already pushed his next start back, to Tuesday in Detroit — now in question — in part because this isn’t the first arm problem the 38-year-old has had recently.
It turns out that he also had stiffness warming up for his last start against the White Sox, but that was on the top of his forearm. He didn’t feel during that start after a trainer rubbed it out.
He also felt stiffness warming for this latest start. So the Yankees kept checking with him after each inning.
“Any time you’re talking about the area around the elbow, you start to worry a little bit,” Pettitte said through a team spokesman before the results came back.