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Andy Pettitte has a stiff back

Sep 30, 2010, 8:49 AM EDT

As if A.J. Burnett and Javier Vazquez sucking eggs wasn’t enough, one of the Yankees’ good starters — Andy Pettitte —  says his back stiffened up on him during his start against the Red Sox last Friday. Which led to a not-good start, in which he allowed seven runs in less than four innings.

Pettitte says it’s no big deal and he should be fine for his Friday start.  But really, at this point you can forgive Yankees fans if they rock back and forth while muttering “Sabathia and rain, and then three more days of rain . . . Sabathia and rain, and then three more days of rain . . .”

  1. Kevin S. - Sep 30, 2010 at 9:10 AM

    Hey, they still have Phil Hughes!
    Even if Pettitte’s healthy though, I think Girardi needs to strongly consider the merits of going CC/Andy/Phil/CC/Bullpen/Andy/CC in a seven-game series. Or Hughes pitching in game two then being available for the bullpen game while Pettitte pitches game 6 on short rest.

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 30, 2010 at 10:10 AM

    “”Sabathia and rain, and then three more days of rain . . . Sabathia and rain, and then three more days of rain . . .” ”
    LOL. Poor Pettitte. Without the benefit of injecting HGH, he has had to pitch through pain and injury for the better part of the second half, and now in the playoffs. For anyone who says HGH doesn’t have much affect on the game of baseball, the Andy Pettitte story should make you see the light. If he is hurt, and doesn’t get better for the playoffs, it will affect not only him, but the Yankers. I can’t imagine them getting to the World Series without a healthy Pettitte…unless they rip the cover off the ball for the next month, which isn’t impossible, but unlikely.

  3. aleskel - Sep 30, 2010 at 10:48 AM

    If HGH is the only thing that keeps him healthy and effective, he must have been speedballing that stuff in the last year’s playoffs (4-0, 3.52 ERA)

  4. BC - Sep 30, 2010 at 10:57 AM

    Anyone over 35 has a perpetual stiff back. Non-issue….

  5. BC - Sep 30, 2010 at 11:01 AM

    I think you have to pitch CC three times in the series. And you definitely want Andy pitching Game 6. Keep Phil in reserve. Send AJ to Trenton, or wherever their AAA team is now.

  6. Chris Fiorentino - Sep 30, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Good try, but the difference is that he wasn’t hurt last year. This year, he got hurt and now feels what it is like when people get hurt…they take a while to heal. Unless they take HGH…then they take less time to heal.

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