Andy Pettitte is having his next start skipped, and he’s not happy about it.
“I’m not very happy at all,” he said. “I would have loved to have been able to throw, to come in and play catch or something, and see how I feel.”
Instead, Pettitte found out today that he’ll be skipping his next start as a precaution because of some stiffness he felt around his elbow on Wednesday. Pettitte said it’s gone away completely, which leaves him frustrated that he won’t be pitching on turn, but he also said he understands why Joe Girardi and Dave Eiland made their decision.
“It’s the best thing for him, and in turn, it’s the best thing for us,” Eiland said. “If he wasn’t mad, I’d be a little bit concerned.”
Other key injury updates:
Took early batting practice only from the right side, but said he’ll hit both left and right during regular BP. He expects to play tomorrow. Girardi said he was hesitant to give him a start tonight, but he considers Posada to be an available pinch hitter.
The Yankees closer is available out of the bullpen.
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Threw a 45-pitch bullpen session today. He’ll throw another on Sunday.
• Sergio Mitre will make a spot start in Pettitte’s place. Mitre will start on Monday and Javier Vazquez will be pushed back to Tuesday. Girardi said rotation was set so that Vazquez — who played in the National League all last year — will start the series opener on the road against the Mets.
• Girardi said it was “pretty easy” choosing Mitre to be the spot starter ahead of Alfredo Aceves or a call-up from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Girardi estimated Mitre could go between 65 and 75 pitches.
• Romulo Sanchez was called up to take Mitre’s role in the bullpen. He’s here to be an innings-eating long reliever.
• Greg Golson was optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to make room for Sanchez.
• The Yankees are planning for Pettitte to return to the rotation during the Minnesota series next weekend. He did not say which of those three days would be Pettitte’s.
• Alex Rodriguez has heard about the latest Dallas Braden rant, but he doesn’t seem to be taking the bait. “I really don’t want to extend his extra 15 minutes of fame,” Rodriguez said.
• Girardi said he’s encouraged by Nick Johnson’s past few games. “He’s swung the bat better,” Girardi said. “Consistently he’s hitting the ball on the barrel more often.”
UPDATE, 6:05 p.m.: The Red Sox lineup
Marco Scutaro SS
Dustin Pedroia 2B
J.D. Drew RF
Kevin Youkilis 1B
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Jeremy Hermida LF
Jason Varitek C
Darnell McDonald CF
RHP Josh Beckett