Yankees lose Pettitte for a month

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New York - The Yankees officially placed pitcher Andy Pettitte on the disabled list with a left groin strain, and the lefty will reportedly be sidelined for approximately a month.

The veteran left-hander missed with a pitch to run the count to 3-1 on Kelly Shoppach in the third inning of Sunday's game against Tampa Bay 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.

According to Newsday, Pettitte's MRI showed a Grade 1 strain, which is the least severe. The report adds a comment from general manager Brian Cashman stating that Pettitte will be out for 4-to-5 weeks.

Pettitte has been enjoying one of the best seasons of his career thus far, pitching to an 11-2 record with a 2.88 earned run average in 18 outings. He has made 32 starts in each of the last five seasons.

To take the roster spot, the Yankees recalled reliever Jonathan Albaladejo. He has yet to pitch in the majors this season after going 5-1 with a 5.24 ERA in 32 relief appearances in 2009.


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