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.