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Yankees Put Andy Pettitte on DL, Out Four to Five Weeks

Adam BernacchioAnalyst IIIJuly 19, 2010

NEW YORK - JULY 18:  Andy Pettitte #46 of the New York Yankees delivers a pitch against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 18, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Despite winning two-out-of-three from the second place Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend, the New York Yankees had their wins come at a price.

On Saturday, starting pitcher AJ Burnett was pulled after two innings because he suffered lacerations on both of his palms after he slammed a set of double doors in frustration after giving up a HR to Reid Brignac. Burnett originally said he “fell,” but the truth came out later.

The whole thing sounds like a bad Lifetime movie.

Burnett is scheduled to throw a bullpen session in a couple of days and should make his next start this week. Unfortunately for the Yankees, they don’t seem to be as fortunate with Andy Pettitte, who started Sunday’s game.

Pettitte was removed at the top of the third when he strained his left groin delivering a pitch to home plate. It’s expected that Pettitte will land on the DL and will miss anywhere from four to five weeks.

With the Rays just three games behind in the AL East, this could be a big blow to the Yankees. Pettitte is 11-2 with a 2.88 ERA for the Yankees and to be without him for a month, if not more, definitely will hurt.

The Yankees will replace Pettitte in the rotation with Sergio Mitre. I will call that a downgrade.

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