Andy Pettitte had his left hand wrapped after today’s game, but he said he felt fortunate. He was fortunate to get out of the sixth inning, and fortunate to leave with no real concern about making his next start.
“It’s swollen, and as soon as the swelling gets out, it’ll be fine,” Pettitte said. “It swelled up, got me up high on the hand, toward my fingers. It was hard to throw. I couldn’t really feel the ball. It swelled up immediately and I just had a hard time feeling the ball in my hand. … I probably should have came out.”
Pettitte hurt himself making a barehanded play on Scott Hairston’s sixth-inning comebacker. The ball was going over Pettitte’s left shoulder, but Pettitte used his pitching hand to grab it. The play turned into an easy out, but it took Pettitte a while to convince Girardi that he could stay in for two more outs.
“I hate to grab it,” Pettitte said. “Robbie was probably back there, I don’t even know, but it’s just a reaction. I saw the ball and threw my hand up. Not a smart play, obviously, but it’s just a reaction play when you’re out there and all of a sudden you see the ball right there. … I just said to Joe, I said I could do it, and he said, you’re good. I didn’t have any feel. I was very fortunate to be able to get out of that inning, I think.”
Pettitte had X-rays which showed no broken bones, but his hand was swollen throughout those final two outs.
“I still felt like, through muscle memory, I’d be able to get the ball somewhat where you want to throw it,” Pettitte said. “As soon as the swelling’s out, I’m going to be fine.”
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