Yanks' Pettitte heads to DL

NEW YORK — Add starting LHP Andy Pettitte to the long list of All-Stars on the Yankees' disabled list.

Pettitte was placed on the 15-day DL on Friday because of a strained left trapezius muscle in his upper back. He expects to return as soon as he is eligible.

"We don't think it's overly serious, but we want to pay it safe," GM Brian Cashman said. "I didn't expect him to give us 200 innings this year, regardless."

Vidal Nuno is being recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and will move into a rotation already missing Ivan Nova.

Pettitte is the 13th Yankees player to serve a stint on the DL and the 11th currently sidelined, including SS Derek Jeter, 1B Mark Teixeira, 3B Alex Rodriguez and starters Nova and Michael Pineda.

Pettitte, who turns 41 next month, was trying for his 250th win Thursday against Seattle when the muscle began to spasm with two outs in the fifth. "I understand that I probably need a few days to let it calm down before I can throw a bullpen (session)," Pettitte said.

Defending Darvish use: Rangers manager Ron Washington said he had no qualms about sending RHP Yu Darvish back to the mound with a big lead even though it resulted in his ace throwing a career-high 130 pitches.

Texas had a 10-4 lead over the Tigers on Thursday, but Darvish went out for the eighth inning. He reported no problems Friday.

"Not going to second-guess myself," Washington said. "Not going to do it."

Washington said Darvish was the only pitcher he had that could slow the heart of Detroit's order in the eighth. Darvish retired sluggers Miguel Cabrera, Prince Fielder and Victor Martinez in the eighth.

"He was up to the challenge, and he felt good, so I sent him out there," Washington said.

A's: LHP Brett Anderson, the opening day starter, could miss up to six weeks after he was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his right foot. He was on a rehabilitation assignment for a sprained right ankle when he felt pain in the foot while running in the outfield.

Blue Jays: SS Jose Reyes (sprained left ankle) said he is progressing in his rehabilitation and expects to be back before the All-Star break.

Cardinals: RHP Jake Westbrook (elbow inflammation) received another injection that may push back his return. He had been scheduled to throw Friday.

Cubs: Manager Dale Sveum would not yet put a date on the return of RHP Matt Garza (strained lat), who threw 75 pitches in six innings Thursday for Triple-A Iowa.

Giants: Former minor-league coach Victor Torres, a hitting instructor in the player development department the past six years, died Wednesday in Florida. No details were given. He was 61.

Phillies: RHP B.J. Rosenberg was recalled from Triple-A Lehigh Valley, and LHP Raul Valdes was sent down.

Rangers: 2B Ian Kinsler did not start against the Tigers because of bruised ribs, the result of being plunked by ace Justin Verlander on Thursday.

Red Sox: RF Shane Victorino, who made a warning-track catch and hit the wall this the week against the Rays, did not start against the Twins because of a bad back.

Twins: C Joe Mauer did not start against Boston because of a stiff back.

Yanks' Pettitte heads to DL 05/17/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 17, 2013 11:30pm]

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