Veteran Left-Hander To Miss Time With Strained Left Trapezius

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Not again.

Yep, the Yankees have placed yet another star player on the 15-day disabled list.

New York placed left-handed pitcher Andy Pettitte on the DL with a strained left trapezius on Friday evening ahead of the Yankees’ series-opening game against the Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium.

The three-time All-Star left his start against the Mariners after just 4 2/3 innings on Thursday night. He allowed two runs on four hits and three walks before departing prematurely due to the injury.

The club recalled starting pitcher Vidal Nuno to take his place in the rotation. Nuno made his first major league start this past Monday and won, allowing no runs on three hits in five innings against Cleveland.

Earlier on Friday, manager Joe Girardi said that he was not too worried about the 40-year-old’s back. In fact, he was unsure if he would even have to miss a start.

“I don’t think Andy’s (injury) is too bad,” Girardi said after Friday night’s game. “His trap just kind of got a knot in it, and to me it was affecting his velocity. That’s why I took him out. It’s muscular, but I don’t know what that means going forward.”

The Yankees are hoping that Pettitte will be able to return to the mound as soon as he’s eligible to come off the disabled list, WFAN’s Sweeny Murti reported.

In his 18th year in the league, the five-time World Series champion is off to a 4-3 start with a 3.83 ERA. He’s allowed 15 walks and struck out 39 in 49 1/3 innings.

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