Andy Pettitte is headed to the disabled list after leaving Sunday's start against the Rays in the third inning with a strained left groin.
Pettitte was injured on a pitch to Kelly Shoppach, and catcher Jorge Posada called to the dugout for manager Joe Girardi and trainer Gene Monahan to check on him. Pettitte took a warm-up pitch, then bent over and walked off the field, his next stop the MRI machine at New York-Presbyterian Hospital.
“I really don’t even remember exactly what happened,” Pettitte said. “I feel like I landed maybe a little awkward on that pitch. I felt like a little burning sensation maybe in there. Just tried to throw the warm-up pitch and felt fine when I threw it ... But when I tried to bring my leg over, the left leg – it didn’t feel good at all.”
The MRI showed a Grade 1 strain – the least severe – but Pettitte seemed resigned to an unwanted vacation of at least 15 days. General manager Brian Cashman said he will be out possibly “four to five weeks.”
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“Usually, I’ll say I can pitch through anything, but it hurt pretty bad,” Pettitte said. “Hopefully, I’ll be feeling great tomorrow. Being pretty realistic, they’re pretty cautious here. So we just have to see what happens.”
BERRA HURT IN FALL
Yogi Berra spent Saturday night in the hospital after missing Old-Timers’ Day following a fall outside his New Jersey home Friday.
Berra, 85, was taken to a Montclair, N.J., hospital Saturday because of bleeding related to the fall. Berra, who takes a blood-thinning drug, had a procedure to stem the bleeding from cuts on his nose. He was released Sunday.
A.J. Burnett said he apologized to his New York Yankees teammates for a clubhouse fit that left him with cuts on both hands.
Sporting a bandage on each palm, Burnett said he had no trouble playing long toss and the lacerations don’t affect his ability to grip the ball. He expects to throw his scheduled bullpen session Tuesday and take his next turn in the rotation Friday night against Kansas City.
Frustrated after two innings of an ineffective outing against Tampa Bay, Burnett slammed open a set of double doors Saturday, slicing both palms on the plastic lineup-card holders fastened to the entry.
Florida left fielder Chris Coghlan is expected to miss at least three starts with a strained lower left back. ... Left-hander Oliver Perez is expected to join the New York Mets today. ... Houston Astros ace Roy Oswalt left Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Pirates after four innings due to a left ankle contusion. ... Carlos Zambrano could rejoin the Chicago Cubs by the end of the month. ... The Cleveland Indians called up Jeanmar Gomez from Triple-A Columbus to make his major league debut in a start against the Detroit Tigers. Anderson Hernandez was designated for assignment to clear a roster spot. ... Struggling left-hander Scott Kazmir was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Los Angeles Angels, and versatile infielder Maicer Izturis, who has been playing mostly at third base, was activated from the DL after missing 27 games with a left forearm strain. Backup first baseman Paul McAnulty was designated for assignment to make room.