New York, NY - New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte was removed from his start Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays with a strained left groin.
He was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital and underwent an MRI. Results of the exam indicated a grade one strain.
The veteran left-hander missed with a pitch to run the count to 3-1 on Kelly Shoppach in the third inning and grabbed the inner portion of his upper left leg. He leaned over and put his hands on his knees and then attempted one warmup pitch before being lifted in favor of David Robertson.
I really dont remember exactly what happened, said Pettitte of the injury. I felt like I landed maybe a little awkward and I just felt like a burning sensation in there. As I stood there, I felt something kind of aching me a little bit. I tried to throw the warm-up pitch and felt fine when I threw it but I when I brought my left leg over it didnt feel good at all.
Pettitte entered the game with a record of 11-2 and a 2.70 earned run average in 17 starts this season.