Andy Pettitte is already back from his MRI. He was diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his groin. Grade 1 is the least severe diagnosis.
The Yankees will continue to evaluate Pettitte over the next couple days. They have not determined whether or not he will be placed on the DL, although Joe Girardi said: “If he can’t take his turn, someone’s going to have to take his turn and step up. We’re going to have to talk about it internally here, with the options that we have, but it looks like he’s probably headed to the DL.”
Pettitte said he first fell discomfort on the final pitch he threw, a 2-and-1 offering to Kelly Shoppach. Jorge Posada motioned to the dugout to have someone check on Pettitte. Girardi and Gene Monahan came to the mound and had Pettitte try a warmup toss. The groin really barked on the warmup when he swung his left leg around on his follow through, Pettitte said.
“Usually I sit here and say I can pitch through anything. But I was hurt. I was hurt pretty bad,” Pettitte said. “I hope that I feel great tomorrow. I hope I don’t feel anything. But I’m being pretty realistic when I say they’re pretty cautious here. We just have to see what happens. Hopefully the next couple days it feels better.”
Girardi said he would have discussions this afternoon about who is the best candidate to replace Pettitte. He said the options were Sergio Mitre, Chad Gaudin and Dustin Moseley.
Mitre just said he has been stretched out to 60 pitches. He would hope in his next outing he could be stretched even further, although he had anticipated returning in a long-man role, not in the rotation.
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