TAMPA, Fla. -- Andy Pettitte conveniently developed a case of mild elbow tendinitis last week, just in time to miss the game against the Tampa Bay Rays and the messy brawl that ensued. As younger players grappled and threw punches, he was safely back at Legends Field.
Miraculously, he healed in time to throw a long bullpen session two days later and start against the Red Sox on Monday.
The missed start was an afterthought as Pettitte threw 65 pitches in a strong performance against a lineup that included David Ortiz, Kevin Youkilis, Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek.
"I'm fine now; there's no concern," Pettitte said as the Yankees were finishing off an 8-4 victory before 11,036 at Legends Field. "I didn't always feel great because I got out of synch a little bit. But my arm was fine."
Pettitte is being lined up to start the second game of the regular season against Toronto at Yankee Stadium. As a result, he will pitch in a minor-league game on Saturday rather than face the Blue Jays.
Pettitte looked pretty good yesterday I thought. His velocity was decent and he didn't show any ill effects from his elbow tendinitis.