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Andy Pettitte pitched through back and leg injuries in playoffs

Oct 25, 2010, 12:48 PM EDT

Andy Pettitte

Joe Girardi and the Yankees moved Andy Pettitte to Game 3 of the ALCS after starting him in Game 2 of the ALDS, and today the manager revealed why: Pettitte was struggling with back and hamstring injuries and they wanted to give him as much time as possible to recover.

Girardi explained that Pettitte pitched through discomfort in Game 2 of the ALDS–which makes his seven innings of two-run ball against the Twins even more impressive–and then had to cut short a bullpen session in preparation for potentially starting Game 5 of the ALDS.

In fact, according to Girardi there’s a chance Pettitte wouldn’t have been able to make his scheduled start versus Minnesota had the first-round series gone five games. Instead the Yankees swept the three-game series and Pettitte got 11 days to rest before starting Game 3 of the ALCS against the Rangers.

He tossed seven innings of two-run ball in that start as well, but took the loss because Cliff Lee shut down the Yankees’ lineup.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Oct 25, 2010 at 12:51 PM

    I also read that Girardi managed with a hangnail since midway through the divisional series. I read that just now after I wrote it but that doesn’t make it untrue.

  2. Chris Fiorentino - Oct 25, 2010 at 3:29 PM

    Kinda sucks when you can’t shoot up with HGH every time you have an injury, doesn’t it Andy? If this guy makes the Hall of Fame, then they should let every PED user in.

  3. jfk69 - Oct 26, 2010 at 1:01 AM

    He had a half a season off. Plenty of time for a 30 year old to recover from a hammy. But not a forty year old.
    He was a Great Pitcher who now wants 15 million year to year but can only pitch six innings and must be gingerly used during the year ….praying all the while he holds up for the post season.
    Use him like Pedro MARTINEZ his last year. Sign him to pitch after the All Star break as a spot starter.

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