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.