Yankees’ Girardi: Pettitte Injury Delayed ALCS Start

View Comments
(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Yankees Central
Shop for Yankees Gear
Buy Yankees Tickets

MLB Scoreboard
MLB Standings
Team Schedule
Team Roster
Team Injuries


Get our weekday morning briefs direct from the WFAN newsroom
Sign Up

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) – New York’s decision to start Phil Hughes instead of Andy Pettitte in Game 2 of the ALCS left many Yankees fans scratching their heads. Now we may know why the October veteran was held until Game 3 against the Texas Rangers.

According to Ben Shpigel of the New York Times, Pettitte injured his back during Game 2 of the ALDS.

“Girardi said he started pettitte in gm 3 because he needed 2 extra days’ rest after his back locked up over weekend,” tweeted Schpigel.

Pettitte, who made $11.75 million at 38, probably will have to decide in the next few weeks whether to return or retire.

“I wish I knew. I’ll talk to my wife and see what she’s thinking,” Pettitte said. “And then see how I’m feeling about it, whether I want to do it again. It’s the family. Those off-days get hard. You fly home and see the family for a couple of hours.”

Manager Joe Girardi will be on The FAN with Mike Francesa at 3 p.m. today, Brian Cashman will follow at 3:45 p.m.

RELATED: Eiland out as Yankees’ pitching coach

View Comments