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Andy Pettitte has start pushed back due to back spasms

Apr 13, 2013, 9:58 AM EST

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Andy Pettitte was originally scheduled to start Sunday’s series finale against the Orioles, but Paul Casella of MLB.com reports that he has been scratched due to back spasms. The veteran southpaw first felt symptoms during Tuesday’s start against the Indians and had his back lock up on him again Thursday.

The good news for the Bombers is that it doesn’t appear to be anything serious. Yankees manager Joe Girardi hopes to have Pettitte back as soon as Tuesday or Wednesday against the Diamondbacks. Phil Hughes will get the ball this afternoon while Hiroki Kuroda will pitch tomorrow.

Pettitte has been fantastic in the early part of the season, allowing two runs in 15 innings over his first two starts. The 40-year-old has a 2.59 ERA in 14 starts since his comeback last year.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    Exercise and cold weather can sometimes be hard on old timers. I am sure that he will be be OK. Just needs massage and a chiropractic adjustment.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Apr 13, 2013 at 2:01 PM

      And the blewjays need a whole new starting rotation, i mean even when they manage to win they still give up a TON of runs, that is no postseason pitching staff son

  2. yankeesgameday - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    What is the treatment for this for a pro athlete? Because when this started happening to me it kept happening and now I cant really do any sports because I am trying to avoid it yet again. Each time it is six weeks of pain.

    • ditto65 - Apr 13, 2013 at 10:58 AM

      Exercise to strengthen that set of muscles; stretching; massage

  3. randygnyc - Apr 13, 2013 at 11:49 AM

    Rest. Hot/cold treatments, stretching, massage and muscle relaxers.

  4. theskinsman - Apr 13, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    HGH?

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