Having made only two starts since returning from a two-month stay on the disabled list with a groin injury, Pettitte has been dealing with some minor back problems this week.
Pettitte’s back stiffened up on him during last Friday’s start against the Red Sox, a game in which he allowed seven runs in only 3 1/3 innings. Pettitte said he was “pretty stiff” throughout the game, which could have led to his lack of location.
“The next day, I knew I was going to be fine,” Pettitte told the Daily News. “But you don’t want to have anything going on, especially after what I’ve been through with my groin.”...
“It’s always a concern whenever a guy is dealing with something,” Girardi told the News. “But it was muscular, so you have to believe he’ll bounce back. It’s a little concern.”
I'm not too confident in this team's chances to repeat with a healthy Pettitte, without him they'd have no chance.