Pettitte likely to miss next start with mild inflammation in left elbow

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Update by Ben (6:04 p.m.): An MRI on Andy Pettitte‘s left arm has revealed “mild inflammation” around the elbow, the Yankees announced a few minutes ago. The team says the pitcher will be “treated conservatively” and “evaluated on a daily basis,” and Brian Cashman earlier said that Pettitte will probably miss his next start.

At this point, I believe that Sergio Mitre will take Pettitte’s turn in the rotation against the Tigers in Detroit on Monday. Despite allowing a two-run home run to Ty Wigginton, Mitre threw 2.1 serviceable innings today and is more stretched out than Alfredo Aceves. The Yankees, for what it’s worth, do not seem to consider Joba Chamberlain an emergency starting option this season.

With his win today, Pettitte improves to 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA, and no one wants to see Andy go down for long. The good news is that Pettitte’s elbow isn’t strained. Inflammation will subside with rest and treatement. Obviously, we’ll be following this story closely over the next few days.

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After staying relatively healthy throughout April, the Yanks have seen a number of their starters go down with injuries. While Jorge Posada and Mariano Rivera should be back soon, now it’s Andy Pettitte who ails. Marc Carig reports that Pettitte felt some tightness in his forearm during his start against the White Sox, and it flared up a bit again in the fifth today. Apparently he felt it in the upper part of his forearm this time (sorry, no one quite explained this well). He’s off to get an MRI.

Update (5:04 p.m.): Not to get everyone’s hopes up, but Dave Eiland just said “it’s no concern,” a half dozen times during his media meeting.

Update (5:28 p.m.): Though the team’s press office, Andy Pettitte said the following: “Anytime you’re talking about the area around the elbow, you start to worry a little bit. I think it’s going to be fine but I’ll know more after the MRI.”

Photo Credit: AP Photo/Kathy Willens

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Game 27: For the sweep (+ chat!)
Open Thread: The strike zone is slightly amorphous
  • Cam

    It is definitely pouring right now, that’s for sure. Damn.

  • dkidd

    i know there’s no such thing as a jinx, but this is ridiculous

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    The gods must hate the 5 Rings Club.

    /refusestosaycorefour’d

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      I honestly think Five Rings Club is worse, just because I’m used to it being used in a derogatory way

  • Anksy

    Crap! Damn you Sports Illustrated! Damn you to Hell!!!!

    Is Jeter able to play shortstop in a bubble suit?

  • BigBlueAL

    Apparently though the stiffness is not on the elbow.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    I was going to try and write something rational but I cannot. (sobs hysterically)

    • Tampa Yankee

      Be honest, when you 1st read “Pettitte feels stiffness…” you got a dirty thought in your head didn’t you?

      • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

        I actually did not (still crying)

      • Tom Zig

        This joke could be expanded, but I think I’ll leave that alone.

    • J.R.

      You should be sobbing, we saw the chat and this is your fault.

  • Double G

    It’s not the cover, it’s age. :P

    All will be well, fear not.

  • Tom Zig

    Buzz kill

  • nathan

    Its the friggin SI cover curse. Rivera, Posada, Andy are all nicked up.

    • Captain Bawls

      Jeter better watch his back…

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

    Just to confirm: you guys don’t really believe in the curse, do you?

    • mike c

      curses only apply to the red sox, big papi is the latest victim

      • Thomas

        Papi isn’t cursed he just sucks, they are completely different animals.

      • dkidd

        the curse of playing without steroids

        tejada is cursed as well

      • nathan

        Remember that Ortiz jersey being buried in Yankee Stadium to curse the Yanks “story”. I guess the curse is on Ortiz.

        • mike c

          yes, this is it

    • Tom Zig

      We’re not all robots Pawlikowski. I don’t know if i believe in the curse, but there have been some weird coincidences for sure. Although in this case, Posada is a 38 yr old catcher, Mo is 40, and Pettitte is 38 as well and has had injury problems in the past. This one is more about age than SI cover jinx.

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

        It doesn’t take a robot to realize that the idea of curses is ridiculous.

        • Tom Zig

          Just to clarify, didn’t mean for my comment to sound jerky.

          • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

            Didn’t take it that way. Just taking the opportunity to point out the lunacy of curses and other superstitions.

            • Tom Zig

              ok cool…

              ::knuckles::

      • Thomas
    • Beef Hammerdong

      Just to confirm: you guys don’t really believe in the curse, do you?

      Not that one.

      • Tom Zig

        ICWUDT

      • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

        heh. I didn’t see this when I posted my comment.

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      Mark Teixeira curse ftw.

    • http://twitter.com/marcos_aguirre Marcos

      Curses are for the Cubs and Sox, and last time I checked, only a goat/the bambino could bestow a curse, not some stupid SI cover.

      /secretlyhopingthereisnocurse’d

  • Rogue Trader

    WHY WE TRADE AUSTIN JACKSON ZOMG!?!!11

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      Damon got hurt today! Cash is a genius!

      • Tom Zig

        True Warrior(c)

        • Tom Zig

          shucks i messed up. Supposed to be: True Warrior (c)

          • Tom Zig

            oh forget it. I suck.

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    I can has Joba in rotation, plz?

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      I am going to sound terribly bitchy saying this, but I don’t mean it in a nasty/snippy way: you shouldn’t be wishing this for right now. You should be wishing Pettitte is totally fine and can continue being very successful in 2010.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Well, yeah, obviously I don’t want Pettitte to be hurt. I’m sorry for worst casing it already, Bex.

        • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

          I figured as much, I’ve just seen people in other places genuinely wishing Pettitte or AJ get hurt so Joba will start. Joba starting probably isn’t going to happen this year and even if it was, I just don’t know why the fuck* you would want guys on your team to get hurt.

          * pardon my French

          • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

            I just don’t know why the fuck* you would want guys on your team to get hurt.

            Because Javy doesn’t deserve to wear pinstripes, goddammit!

  • Jobamania

    so who starts if andy is indeed injured?
    i really hope its not mitre

    we need JOBA

    • Rogue Trader

      Javy?

      • Jobamania

        javy is already one of the 5

        • Rogue Trader

          Yeah but he was pushed back a start.

          • Jobamania

            well yeah javy can start if its only 1 start but elbow trouble would usually be more serious

          • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

            Javy is starting Monday, someone not AJ, CC, Javy, or Hughes has to start on Tuesday.

            • http://twitter.com/marcos_aguirre Marcos

              Mitre? I guess if it’s something mild they’ll just use him, if Andy’s going to miss some time, I’d say Ivan Nova come on down!

              Although if anyone is taking over the rotation due to injury it should be Joba!

              Joba… the rightful 5th starter

    • Gatemouth

      Ace

    • J.R.

      Start Mitre. He is already lined up for it because he pitched today. It does the least to mess with the rotation.

  • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

    If the worst/only injuries we suffer are a few day to days, a start to start, and one guy on the DL for a month, I think we’ll be OK. All 25 guys could be day to day- it’s only May, who cares?

  • Hughesus Christo

    JOBA TO TEH FIRRRRRRRRRST!!!1!!1!

  • FIPster Doofus

    Dave Eiland just said on the post-game that Pettitte probably could have stayed in. Take it FWIW.

  • nathan

    What innings number should Joba reach for us to realistically think they may entertain him as “starter who is in bullpen for now” as opposed to RP.

    If he pitches 75-80 innings is that it. What if he hits 100, can we have hope.

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      Unless he’s a “starter who starts sometimes” as opposed to a “starter in the bullpen,” there is a 0% chance he pitches 100 innings.

    • http://twitter.com/marcos_aguirre Marcos

      Now that I think about it, it would be a good move (if possible) to let Joba start this one, even if he’s on a pitch count, not only to get him some innings and help his development, but also as a sign of faith towards Joba.

  • nathan

    With the off-day before the next series, Andy’s arm issue is gonnab the topic the next two days. Sucks.

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    According to Andy through the PR guy for the Yankees, he thinks he’ll be fine but he figured the MRI is a precaution. He said it’s nothing like his past elbow/arm injuries, though he always wants to be safe with stuff near the elbow.

    He was also angry that he couldn’t give the Yankees more innings. Which… I love him.

    Source: YES.

  • mustang

    Talk about the Sports Illustrated jinx 3 out of 4. Those that are dreaming of Joba I think Mitre and Ace should and would get their shots first. But you guys can dream

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Andy Pettitte’s MRI has been delayed for 2 days. Lebron James is busy using the MRI, for the 17th in the past 3 days.

    • mustang

      LMAO

    • nathan

      Lebron jerks off the media when Cavs lose to Magic Last year.

      Lebron shoots left handed when the first round series with the Bulls is all over, making the post-media frenzy all abt him. He was hanging his elbow like it was on a sling and two days later he is ok.

      Cavs lose game 2 vs Celtics he gets another MRI.

  • Warren

    Yankees win game on May 5th (long way to go still) and fanatics start panicing.

    normal situation for a web log.

    • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

      If a starter who’s been doing really really excellent is seriously injured, it’s a big deal. I don’t think he’s seriously injured based on what I’ve heard so far, but the possibility is very scary.

      Plus he’s my boyfriend and all so I’m extra super concerned.

      • http://www.teamnerdrage.com dr mrs the yankee

        Uh excuse my he’s been my boyfriend way longer, step off. *angry face*

        • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

          ::getting my popcorn ready::

        • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

          YOU WANNA TAKE THIS OUTSIDE?!?!?!?!?

          ;)

    • whozat

      “Yankees’ 38-year old #3 starter goes for MRI on elbow”

      Hey, when you write what people are ACTUALLY concerned about, it doesn’t seem so crazy, does it?

    • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

      i assure you no one is panicing on a web log

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      Ironic comment of the day FTW!

  • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

    Michael Jordan was on the cover of Sports Illustrated approximately 82,767 times. The “jinx” really got him good, didn’t it.

    • http://twitter.com/dpatrickg Dirty Pena

      The cover had the last laugh:

      http://cache1.asset-cache.net/.....DFEF733CD8

    • mustang

      “Touché, Pussy Cat!’

      Tom & Jerry

    • Thomas

      Maybe it is only a curse if you read the article, something Jordan really can’t do (allegedly).

      PS: I don’t believe in curses.

    • http://i.cdn.turner.com/si/multimedia/photo_gallery/0902/mlb.alex.rodriguez.through.the.years/images/1993.alex-rodriguez.jpg Drew

      It affected him later. Michael Jordan Motorsports can’t even win a race!

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        There’s a Michael Jordan Motorsports? Wow.

        Some kid at my intern school was rocking an MJ White Sox jersey yesterday.

        • Tom Zig

          impressive. I didn’t think anyone owned one of those. I hope to see someone, someday with a Boone Logan Yankees road jersey. That’d be cool.

          • http://www.soxandpinstripes.net JGS

            How can you tell if it’s a Logan and not a Coke, Farnsworth, or Quantrill (yeesh, nice history of middling relievers wearing 48)?

    • Poopy Pants

      It kind of DID get him, he’s a bitter miserable piece of shit now.

  • Double G

    Is the video of the post game interviews up anywhere yet? Want to see Eiland and Pettitte’s.

  • dkidd

    eiland re pettitte: no concern
    peterson re zambrano: i could fix him in 10 minutes

    /arbitrary comparison’d

    //paranoid’d

    ///needs to cut back on caffeine’d

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    no one wants to see Andy go down.

    I admit: I didn’t get dirty thoughts on the “Pettitte feels stiffness” thing but I did on that. But mostly I just think he should be okay. ;_;

    • http://mystiqueandaura.com Steve H

      I was just coming to mention that. That’s clear bexy and dr mrs the yankee baiting.

    • Capital T

      But I’m sure you did when they mentioned he had the same problem last week but then he rubbed one out. ;)

      • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

        I’m very glad I’m not the only one who picked up on Girardi’s gratuitous use of that phrase.

        • http://twitter.com/marcos_aguirre Marcos

          Wow, Girardi actually said that… nice.

          I imagine it went something like “Yeah, Andy felt some stiffness last time out, he just rubbed it out…” (random snickering in background)

  • dkidd

    nobody wants to see pettitte pull a wang…except my wife

  • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

    Per every beat writer on Twitter, it’s mild inflammation of the left elbow and will be treated conservatively. It’ll be evaluated on a daily basis.

    • Michael Kay but not THE

      yeah, I heard the mild inflammation thing too. I say let him take his time anyway, CC, AJ & Hughes are pitching well enough that they can stomach whatever Javy & Mitre do.

      • http://twitter.com/rebexarama bexarama

        Yep. I’m expecting him to miss one start at least but keeping Andy healthy for the long run in 2010 and maybe beyond, who knows > one start, or even a couple of starts

  • http://steves steve s

    I was at the game and Andy was clearly laboring in the 4th and looked out of gas in the 5th (so even though no one knew his arm was hurting he looked, body language wise, that something was up; I thought it was the heat). What is so important about pushing him to go 5 innings for the win once the coaching staff knew, or should have known, something was wrong? I don’t get that.

  • scoopemup

    Andy did not get many innings in during Spring Training.Rest him,and bring him back slowly,and yes,this is a huge concern for the Yanks,who now have to go out and get an arm.Gil Meche anyone???

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      Gil Meche won’t pitch $11 million better than Sergio Mitre. Pass. Pass. Pass.

    • Jim

      Gil Meche? How about Oliver Perez while you’re at it?

    • ROBTEN aka don’t call me Dr. Robert Matthew Tennyson II, Esq.

      Three words:

      William. Roger. Clemens.

      Boom, that just happened.

      • Hughesus Christo

        Oh goodness gracious.

        • http://enternight.mlblogs.com Ana

          HE’S IN GEORGE STEINBRENNER’S BOX!!!!!!!!!!!!111!!!!11112

    • MikeD

      The Yankees do not have to go out and get an arm. Andy is missing a start.

  • http://www.thechuckknoblog.com/ JobaWockeeZ

    Ugh I’d so much rather have Joba in there. But it’s only one start so whatevs.

  • Poopy Pants

    Igawa!

  • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

    If it’s multiple starts and he does end up on the DL, I hope they let Joba get some starts, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      If Joba starts a game this year I will do a Zulu at Yankee Stadium. Outside, of course. Don’t want to get tased.

      • http://theyankeeu.com Matt Imbrogno

        Haha. I just can’t let it go, Joe. I can’t let it go.

        /didn’t mean for that to rhyme

        • The Big City of Dreams

          lol it’s ok many of us haven’t let it go either

  • http://www.yfsf.org AndrewYF

    Thank goodness we played the White Sox and Orioles while Posada and Rivera were down.

  • Mike HC

    How bad does it get for Joba to start a game. Do we see Kei Igawa before Joba?

    • The Big City of Dreams

      I wouldn’t rule it out lol. For him to even get the ball there would have to be multiple injuries and as someone said we don’t want that to happen.

      They really took a risk with the starting pitching depth this season.
      Gaudin and kennedy are on other teams
      Joba is in the pen
      Ace is a guy they probably don’t want to move

  • MikeD

    At this point, I believe that Sergio Mitre will take Pettitte’s turn in the rotation against the Tigers in Detroit on Monday.
    —————–

    Joseph, this might have been picked up already in the thread, but Javy was already scheduled to pitch on Monday as he was being skipped in Boston. I’m guessing Andy was supposed to go on Tuesday.

  • DSFC

    Oh boy, a Sergio Mitre start! Boy did I not miss those….hopefully there’s only going to be one.