As it stands, the Yankees are hopeful that anti-inflammatories – and possibly some extra rest – will get Andy Pettitte through the mild stiffness around his pitching elbow. Unless the situation deteriorates or the problem refuses to go away, the disabled list does not seem likely.
“Right now the DL is not something that’s being considered,” general manager Brian Cashman said this afternoon.
Pettitte left last night’s game after 77 pitches and went for an MRI that showed only mild inflammation.
“The MRI came back negative other than some inflammation,” Cashman said. “And they’re going to address that conservatively with some anti-inflammatories. Hopefully that nips that in the bud.”
Cashman said no decision has been made about Pettitte’s next start, and a decision won’t be made until Cashman meets with Joe Girardi and Dave Eiland tomorrow. Cashman has his preference, but said he wants to hear from his manager, coaches and medical staff.
“We’ll gather all the troops tomorrow and we’ll make a decision on his next start,” Cashman said. “I’m inclined personally to have him skip his next start.”