Pettitte, who left Thursday's start against the Mariners, was pretty "spasm'd up," according to general manager Brian Cashman. Cashman also told reporters that his injury is considered "minor" and that the team was willing to make the "safe play" by taking a cautious approach with his injury.
The 40-year-old lefty went 4-3 with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP in eight starts before landing on the disabled list.
Andy Pettitte a persistent headache
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (5/17/2013) I think manager Joe Girardi put it best after Andy Pettitte had to leave his latest start Thursday with lingering tightness in his back.
"He is 40 years old, and we're probably going to go through this probably a little bit," Girardi told reporters after the game.
You don't often see pitchers throwing 180 innings in their 40s, but for a non-strikeout pitcher like Pettitte to make a significant impact in Fantasy, he'll pretty much need to do that. If he's perpetually at risk of missing his next start because of this ache or that pain, you have to ask yourself if he's really worth the trouble.
Even if the Yankees put him on the DL, which seems likely, you shouldn't feel like you have to cut a Brandon Beachy or Adam Eaton type to keep him on yours.
Andy Pettitte's next start up in the air
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (5/17/2013) The Yankees have not decided on the next step for starter Andy Pettitte, who is dealing with a shoulder injury, the Star-Ledger reports. Manager Joe Girardi said the lefty will be placed on the disabled list if he is unable to make his next start.
Pettitte was removed from his last start Thursday after 4 2/3 innings after feeling muscle spasms in his left trapezius. He said he felt better Friday, but he still wasn't sure if he would be available for Tuesday's game against Baltimore.
"Obviously, I'm realistic," Pettitte said. "I know how these guys are. I asked them if I could stay out there and try to get through it out there. So I'm hoping it's a spasm and it settles down. I can't tell you I've had this before. I haven't, so I don't know, but I don't feel like it's tight right now. I feel like it's loosened up and relaxed, so that's a good sign."
He said there were no tests scheduled and his status could depend on how he feels Friday morning. Pettitte, who dropped his third decision Thursday, is scheduled to pitch Tuesday at Baltimore. He has not faced the Orioles since 2010.
Yanks not concerned over Andy Pettitte
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/16/2013) Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters that he was not too concerned about Andy Pettitte's injury. Pettitte left Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Mariners with a tight left trapezius muscle.
He yielded two runs over 4 2/3 innings of work and dropped to 4-3 with a 3.83 ERA. The Yankees will likely have his back re-evaluated Friday. His status for Tuesday's start at Baltimore is still up in the air.
Andy Pettitte leaves with tight trapezius
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/16/2013) Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte was forced out of Thursday's start against the Mariners in the fifth inning with a tight left trapezius muscle.
Pettitte appeared to grimace after striking out Kyle Seager on a slider for the second out of the inning. He jogged off the mound and left the game after a long conversation with team trainers.
He surrendered two runs and two hits over 4 2/3 innings of work. The left-hander struck out five and walked three on 79 pitches, 48 strikes. Pettitte could be in danger of missing Tuesday's start at Baltimore if the injury continues to linger. He has a 3.83 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP through his first eight starts.
Andy Pettitte stops beating himself up
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (5/12/2013) Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte yielded two runs and five hits over seven improved innings during New York's 3-2 win at Kansas City on Saturday night. Pettitte finished with seven strikeouts and walked only one batter as he overcame a pair of subpar efforts in his past two starts when he failed to work past the fifth inning.
It turned out that all the 40-year-old lefty needed to do was make a couple of minor adjustments, primarily altering his arm angle. He used a piercing cutter and pinpoint control to remain unbeaten against the Royals over his past 14 starts dating to Sept. 4, 2000.
"I feel like I actually blew it way out of proportion, to tell you the truth," he said about his struggles. "The bullpens have been good, I’m feeling good about everything, and my last start my arm angle was way low for some reason. I have no idea (why), and that was obvious on the video. I felt like I just got back to my slot today."
Pettitte is scheduled will take the hill again Thursday against Seattle. In three starts at home, he is 1-1 with a 5.71 ERA and has a lowly strikeout-to-walk ratio of 8-to-6.
Andy Pettitte will 'work through' struggles
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (5/9/2013) Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte is not ready to change his delivery or his tweak his release point despite his recent struggles. In fact, Pettitte admits that he has not made any pitching adjustments since 1999.
"I feel like the only thing I can do is work through it,'' Pettitte told the New York Post. "It's been so long (since he tinkered) that I can't remember. I just have to work through it.''
Pettitte, who has a 9.64 ERA in his last two starts, will try to get back on track Friday night at Kansas City. He allowed two runs and seven hits over seven innings of work in his lone meeting with the Royals last season. He has not pitched at Kauffman Stadium since 2009.
Andy Pettitte doesn't have feel for pitches
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com (5/6/2013) After posting a 2.22 ERA in his first four starts, Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte has totaled a 9.64 ERA in his last two starts and tried to explain his struggles after Sunday's no-decision against the Athletics.
"The issue is everything," Pettitte said, per The Journal News. "My release point is floating around a little bit. It’s been a long, long time since I haven’t had a feeling for my pitches."
Pettitte also said he doesn't have a feel for his signature pitch -- the cutter.
"My cutter is nonexistent right now," Pettitte said.
Andy Pettitte with another so-so effort
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (5/5/2013) Yankees starter Andy Pettitte has put together back-to-back so-so appearances after pitching Sunday at home against the Athletics. In fact, Pettitte narrowly missed losing his third straight outing for New York.
Pettitte (3-2) surrendered a solo homer to Luke Montz in the fourth inning and gave up a two-run blast to Yoenis Cespedes in the fifth as he allowed four runs -- three earned -- on four hits and four walks over five frames. He struck out two and threw 100 pitches. He was lucky to leave with a no-decision as the Yankees came back after he left. His ERA is at 4.06.
The 40-year-old started 3-0 after his first three starts but has now gone 0-2 in his last three with 12 runs allowed over 15 1/3 innings, including six walks.
Pettitte, who has been unhappy with his recent performances, will look to begin turning things around when he next takes the hill Saturday in Kansas City.
Andy Pettitte with rough night in defeat
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/29/2013) Yankees starter Andy Pettitte didn't have it on Monday night at home against Houston. The usually listless Astros jumped all over Pettitte as the veteran suffered his second loss of the season.
Pettitte gave up three runs in the first inning as Carlos Pena hit an RBI single and Carlos Corporan followed with a two-run double. He gave up two more in the fourth on a two-run double and two more in the fifth before leaving the game. Adam Warren closed his stat line by allowing his inherited runners to score on a Corporan home run.
The veteran allowed seven earned runs on 10 hits and a walk over 4 1/3 innings to raise his ERA to 3.86. He struck out three and threw 91 pitches. Pettitte has dropped back-to-back starts after beginning the year 3-0. That said, he allowed just two runs over six innings his last time out in a loss at Tampa Bay.
Pettitte will look to bounce back from his awful outing the next time he takes the mound Sunday against Oakland.
Andy Pettitte strikes out 10 in defeat
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/24/2013) Yankees starter Andy Pettitte recorded his first double-digit strikeout effort since June 5 of last season on Wednesday night against the Rays. The performance last year also came against Tampa Bay.
Pettitte struck out 10 batters over six innings, but his offense could do nothing with Tampa Bay starter Alex Cobb in a 3-0 loss. Pettitte suffered his first loss of the season.
Pettitte (3-1) gave up just three runs -- two earned -- on seven hits and a walk over six frames. He needed 105 pitches and was hurt by a Ben Zobrist two-run double in the fifth and a Sean Rodriguez solo homer in the sixth.
The 40-year-old continues to be sensational for the Yankees as he's allowed just seven earned runs over his first 28 1/3 innings this season with 22 strikeouts. His next start is scheduled for Monday against Houston.
No lingering back issues for Andy Pettitte
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/23/2013) Yankees starter Andy Pettitte (back) remains on track without issue to start Wednesday at Tampa Bay, the Journal News reports.
Pettitte suffered back spasms earlier in the year but returned last Friday against Toronto. He allowed three runs over 7 1/3 innings in that outing and has had a solid week without issue leading to the start against the Rays.
"I've heard enough about backs the past week," manager Joe Girardi said. "I hope (his back problem is finished). He’s had no complaints. I think he’s back on his pretty normal routine."
Andy Pettitte puts back issues behind him
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/20/2013) Yankees starter Andy Pettitte appears to be over his back issues after starting Friday against Toronto. Pettitte allowed three runs over 7 1/3 innings Friday and the back spasms appear to be in the past, MLB.com reports.
"He feels great today. Normal soreness, so everything is OK," manager Joe Girardi said. "You want to see how the back responds after the workload, and it came out OK, so I'm pleased."
Pettitte picked up a win in his third straight start Friday and has a solid 2.01 ERA after three outings this year. He's 3-0 entering Wednesday's start at Tampa Bay.
Andy Pettitte back in action after 10-day absence
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (4/19/2013) Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte, who had been dealing with back spasms, bounced back with a solid performance to earn the win Friday night against the Blue Jays.
Pettitte (3-0), who pitched for the first time in 10 days, surrendered a two-run home run to Jose Bautista in the sixth. The left-hander allowed three runs on six hits over 7 1/3 innings in the 9-4 victory. He also struck out five and walked one in 90 pitches, 61 for strikes.
Pettitte has a 2.01 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP through his first three starts. He will pitch Wednesday at Tampa Bay. He pitched 7 2/3 innings of two-hit ball and did not allow a run in his last meeting against the Rays in 2012.
Andy Pettitte lined up for start Friday
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/16/2013) Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte (back) said he expects to make his scheduled turn in the rotation Friday at Toronto following a successful bullpen session Tuesday, MLB.com reports. Pettitte has been dealing with back spasms that forced him to be scratched Sunday but was able to throw 40 pitches without issue in the bullpen.
"No problems today," he told reporters. "Obviously they want to see how I feel after this. ... I'm going to go Friday, and it's not that big of an issue. So hopefully I feel great Friday."
Andy Pettitte set for Friday return
by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com (4/14/2013) MLB.com reports Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte will make his next start on Friday against the Blue Jays.
The left-hander had his previous outing pushed back due to back spasms.
"I'm on board, to a certain extent," he said. "I want to pitch."
Pettitte has gone 2-0 with a 1.20 ERA through two starts.
Andy Pettitte's next start up in air
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/13/2013) Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte had his start Sunday moved back due to back spasms, but when he'll play next is up in the air, ESPN reports.
"We’ll continue to progress, and decide which day is best for him to start," manager Joe Girardi said.
The Yankees could start Pettitte Tuesday or Wednesday against Arizona, or he could be pushed back further.
"I’m gonna look at him today and see how he is today, and if we have to change it, we’ll change it," Girardi said.
Andy Pettitte to have next start pushed back due to back spasms
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (4/12/2013)Andy Pettitte will have his next start for the Yankees pushed back from Saturday to Tuesday or Wednesday due to back spasms, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports.
Pettitte said his back locked up Thursday night. The issue isn't expected to be long term. Phil Hughes will start in his place on Saturday against Baltimore.
Yankees' rotation to stay on turn
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/11/2013) For the second straight day, the Yankees and Indians were postponed by rain, cutting a four-game series in half. Despite the inclement weather, New York will keep its rotation in order for the team's upcoming three-game series against Baltimore: CC Sabathia will start Friday followed by Hiroki Kuroda (Saturday) and Andy Pettitte (Sunday).
Yankees manager Joe Girardi indicated Ivan Nova could start Tuesday's interleague matchup against Arizona while Phil Hughes takes the hill Wednesday.
Andy Pettitte cruises for another victory
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (4/9/2013) Yankees starter Andy Pettitte has been so sharp to open the 2013 season that one might begin to believe the year is actually 2003. Pettitte, who won 21 games in '03, has opened the year with back-to-back victories after cruising in Cleveland Tuesday night.
The 40-year-old veteran left the game after seven innings with a 13-1 lead over the Indians as he moved to 2-0. He gave up just one earned run -- on an Asdrubal Cabrera solo homer in the sixth -- on five hits and three walks with four strikeouts. Pettitte threw 97 pitches and 63 went for strikes.
After two starts, Pettitte has allowed just two earned runs over 15 innings with seven Ks. The left-hander is making it look easy as he's baffled both the Red Sox and Indians' lineups. Pettitte will look to move to 3-0 when he next takes the bump on Sunday against Baltimore.
Andy Pettitte, Mariano Rivera propel Yankees
by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com (4/5/2013) Yankees pitchers Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera have produced plenty of memorable moments during their decorated careers, especially with New York. The two veterans added to their lore during Thursday night's victory over the Red Sox.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Rivera's appearance Thursday marked the first time in MLB history a 40-year-old registered a save after another 40-year-old -- Pettitte -- completed the first eight innings of work. It was also the 69th time Rivera has saved a regular-season win by Pettitte, a major-league record.
"These two have been doing it a long time together," manager Joe Girardi said. "I've caught both of them and I've managed both of them, but as a fan it's really kind of neat to see."
Andy Pettitte goes eight innings in win
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (4/4/2013) Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte scattered eight hits in eight innings of work to pick up a win in his first start of the season. He struck out three and walked one while surrendering just one run and throwing 94 pitches.
Pettitte is coming off a solid spring and an even better 2012 season. He should be a stabilizing force for the Yankees' rotation for as long as he's healthy. He's in line to face the Indians in Cleveland in his next start.
Andy Pettitte sharp in final spring start against Nationals
by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com (3/29/2013)Andy Pettitte held the Nationals to two runs (one earned) on five hits and no walks Friday. He struck out six.
Pettitte owns a 3.52 ERA in 15.1 innings this spring with 14 strikeouts against four walks. Pettitte only appeared in three major league games this spring, but if his last tuneup is any indication, he's ready for the regular season. He's slated to be the Yankees' third starter behind CC Sabathia and Hiroki Kuroda.
Andy Pettitte to face Red Sox in first start
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com (3/28/2013) Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte has been named the starter for the finale of the Yankees' opening series with the Red Sox. Pettitte will open his season on April 4 at home, where he posted a 1.85 ERA and 1.01 WHIP in 43 2/3 innings over seven starts in 2012 while recording 47 strikeouts. It will be Pettitte's first game against the Red Sox since his final start of the 2010 season.
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/23/2013) Yankees starter Andy Pettitte extended into the seventh inning on Saturday in a Grapefruit League start against the Tigers. Pettitte went three scoreless before allowing a run in the fourth and three more in the fifth. He gave up a homer as he allowed four runs on eight hits and a walk over 6 1/3 innings in the outing. He struck out five and his spring ERA is now 4.82.
He had been spending time increasing his innings pitching against minor-league competition prior to Saturday.
Andy Pettitte throws at minor league complex
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/18/2013) Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte was shipped over to the minor league complex on Monday in order to pitch against some Toronto Class A hitters, reports the Journal News.
The veteran went 5 2/3 innings in the outing and allowed two earned runs on eight hits and no walks with seven strikeouts. Although pitches weren't officially tracked, Pettitte said he threw about 80 pitches and expects to get up to 90-95 his next appearance.
"In this atmosphere it’s just, get through it and get through it healthy," Pettitte said. "It was good. I was able to get good work in. To be able to go out there for six pitches is good, to throw the warm-up pitches and all that. That’s just, really, the biggest process."
Pettitte makes solid spring debut
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/13/2013) Yankees startier Andy Pettitte made his Grapefruit League debut on Wednesday night in a start against Philadelphia. Pettitte managed to go three innings and allowed only one earned run. He left the game with two runners on base and nobody out in the fourth inning, but Cody Eppley got him safely out of that jam. Pettitte allowed one earned run on four hits and three walks over three frames and struck out three batters. "Stuff-wise, I didn't feel great," Pettitte said. "I felt like my command wasn't anywhere near where I wanted, but it's good. It gives you something to work on for the next time out. Other than that, I got through it, I felt good. I was good and tired the last inning I went out there. I was pretty cooked, but we wanted to get to 60 pitches, and we did that."
Pettitte aiming for Wednesday
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com (3/8/2013) MLB.com reports that Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte threw a simulated game Friday. Pettitte told reporters that he felt good but noted that his fastball command wasn't as sharp as it was in his previous simulate game. "But everything else was good," Pettitte said. "Hoping to be able to get into a game now. I feel really good. Hopefully we'll get into a game the next time. Everything's feeling good." He pitched three innings of work and has indicated that he may be in line to start Wednesday against the Phillies.
Pettitte throws first simulated game
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (3/3/2013) Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte threw his first simulated game of the spring on Sunday, reports the Journal News. Pettitte faced Matt Diaz and Francisco Arcia for two innings and had no issues. Pettitte said his next outing will likely be another sim game. He isn't sure how many Grapefruit League games he'll pitch in this spring, however. Whatever its going to be, its going to be plenty good for me, he said.
Pettitte has lofty goals for 2013
by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com (2/13/2013) Yankees starter Andy Pettitte, who will not pitch in the upcoming World Baseball Classic and risk any kind of injury that would derail his season, does not want to be held back by the team this season, reports ESPN Wednesday. Pettitte expects to make at least 30 starts, though he's aware the Yankees want to protect him for the long haul. I know Joe is going to protect me as best he can as far as keeping my innings limited, Pettitte said. But I want to throw 200 innings, make all my starts. Heck, I want to win 20 games, thats what I want to do.