Andy Pettitte has start pushed back due to back spasms


Andy Pettitte was originally scheduled to start Sunday’s series finale against the Orioles, but Paul Casella of 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.

Mariners claim Dario Alvarez off waivers from Cubs

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Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that the Mariners have claimed pitcher Dario Alvarez off waivers from the Cubs. The Mariners will option him to Triple-A Tacoma and have him report to minor league camp. Alvarez will serve as bullpen depth for the Mariners.

Alvarez, 29, has  spent parts of four seasons in the majors with the Mets, Braves, and Rangers. He signed with the Cubs as a free agent in November. Across 48 innings of relief, the lefty owns a 5.06 ERA with 61 strikeouts and 22 walks. His spring with the Cubs wasn’t any better, as he yielded six runs on seven hits and six walks with 11 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.