Pettitte was hurt during playoffs

Yankees manager Joe Girardi shed more light on why Andy Pettitte couldn’t pitch Game 2 of the ALCS today, and why the team instead went to Phil Hughes for Games 2 and 6 against the Rangers. Here’s the transcript:

(Any second thoughts about how he set up Pettitte and Hughes?) Sometimes as a manager you have to do things for certain reasons. As I said before, we lined up our rotation, there were a lot of factors that went into our rotation. Sometimes you’re going to take heat or people are going to question things that you do about it because you’re trying to protect a player or protect a strategy.

Let me take you back. Andy Pettitte pitched Thursday against Minnesota. In the seventh inning, Andy’s back started locking up a little bit. His hamstrings got really tight. He gutted it through the seventh inning for us and got through it. He wanted to go back out for the eighth. I think he had about 88 pitches. And I said, ‘No, you’re not going back out. You’ve done your job.’

He came in on Friday and his back was locked up. Saturday was his bullpen because he basically had to prepare for Game 5. He got about halfway  through his bullpen and had to walk off because his leg grabbed at him. A little different spot, his adductor. So we thought it was in our best interests, and I thought talking to the trainers and the doctors, if we could give him a couple of extra days he might be able to get through that series. He didn’t throw a light  bullpen until Wednesday because we were fearful.

The last time Andy walked off a bullpen, it became a couple of weeks. If I only had Andy for one game in that playoff, I was willing to take the risk to make sure he was healthy. In talking to doctors, trainers, our staff, Cash, we thought we had to give him those two extra days. Andy had some leg problems down the stretch, he had some back issues. It was unfortunate and he pitched a great game.

Who knows what would have happened if he was able to pitch Game 2? We just felt that after having that issue on Saturday, we’d better give him a couple of extra days.

(If Andy was healthy, would he have pitched Game 2?) We might have lined up our rotation a little different if he was healthy, yes.

(Andrus’ tapper on the first play of Game 3) Yes, I held my breath. He seemed to be OK through that start. He talked about a little back stiffness but nothing like he had in Minnesota or when his leg grabbed. Every time he went after a ball, I was concerned. If you share that knowledge, maybe they bunt more.  Maybe they try to do more things. And that was a concern of mine.
 
(Would Andy have pitched ALCS Game 7?) He was OK. At that point, he felt OK, so if I did have concerns, he was going.

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Andy,
Here’s a late afternoon laugh:
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first off…the players play…pitching coaches take to much blame for a pitchers failure and get to much credit for their sucess…but someone has to be the fall guy…what the Yankees need but probably will not get is another front line starter…even if they get Cliff Lee…i believe they need another front end starter…i know Felix Hernandez is too costly…but that is the only guy who has the talent and durablity to really make the Yanks the outright favorites…but there are some more pitchers who might come thru…Josh Johnson or Fausto Carmona maybe even Jeremy Guthrie who i lke most…one of these pitchers should be incerted in A.J. Burnett’s place…C Lee /CC Sabathia/J. Guthrie/A. Pettitte and P Hughes should be a very sound and playoff cabable rotation…and if the Yanks have that almost any pitching coach will do…The GM moves and actual player performance is much more important than the coaching…

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The successor to Brian Cashman will likely be Damon Oppenheimer!

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@NoDigidee….sorry you have not heard of C. Lewis, as he went 2-0 in the ALCS. Look like the Yankees have all the CHUMPS……I’d be ashamed to be a Yankee fan with their p…. poor performance.
By trngr on October 23, 2010 1:43 AM
Who?s this guy? Stay on your own blog.
The Yankees need a colon cleansing & it should start w/ Cashman. The owners should?ve kept Towers & promoted him in ?11. Here are the needs at the least:
1)Lead off hitter 2) Pitching period 3) Batting Coach 4) Youth
These team has too much invested in A-Flop, CC, Tex, & Bustnutts. Unfortunately, we?re only going to see 1 world series out of these guys. Welcome back to the 80s. I?d rather see a payroll of $100 million than this $200 million joke!

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Firing Eiland is the LEAST of this team’s problems!!!

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