New York Yankees
Pettitte is scheduled to throw in the bullpen Wednesday and
start Friday against Pittsburgh.
"I was concerned because I've been feeling so good, you don't
want to have anything causing you any kind of discomfort out
there," he said. "Once it happened, I wanted to make sure I
didn't aggravate it, have me out for a long time."
Pettitte tweaked his back in the third inning, when he turned to
look at Wily Mo Pena's fly to center field. He stayed in the game
and took a 4-0 lead into the bottom of the fifth.
Boston loaded the bases on singles by Jason Varitek, Pena and
Coco Crisp. Pettitte struck out Julio Lugo on a 3-2 pitch but
grimaced as he threw the fastball. Manager Joe Torre and trainer
Gene Monahan came out to the mound, but Pettitte stayed in the game
-- for three more pitches.
Pettitte said the stiffness was in the same area where he
injured his back in spring training, but the Yankees let out a sigh
of relief on Monday.
"In spring training, I couldn't bend over for two weeks,"
Pettitte said. "And I feel real good today."
At 24-30 and 12 1/2 games behind Boston entering Monday's game, the
Yankees can't afford to lose Pettitte, who is 3-4 with a 2.96 ERA.
"I just told him, 'I don't want you to think you need to pitch
Friday,'" manager Joe Torre said. "But again, he's a lot more
comfortable than I anticipated he'd be."