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Yanks’ Pettitte Rehab Cut Short

May 26, 2002

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SARASOTA, Fla. (AP) _ New York Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte cut short his second rehab start Sunday after experiencing fatigue in his throwing elbow.

Pettitte threw three perfect innings for Class-A Tampa in a Florida State League game against the Sarasota Red Sox. He had hoped to go four innings _ or around 60 pitches _ in his second minor league start.

``My elbow felt like it got a little fatigued on me, so I cut it a little short,″ said Pettitte, who threw 34 pitches. ``I was throwing the ball good, but just being a little careful.″

Pettitte has experienced elbow problems since his first spring training start March 3. He went 1-1 with a 3.09 ERA in three major league starts before being placed on the 15-day disabled list with left elbow tendinitis April 21.

``There’s always some concern because I wanted to go four innings and I wanted to throw 60 pitches,″ Pettitte said. ``I went a lot harder today than I did in my last start. I wanted to see where I was, and it’s a little disappointing because my arm strength wasn’t where I thought it would be.″

Pettitte’s fastball topped out at 89 mph. Pettitte expects to throw off a bullpen mound this week, but is not sure where is next rehab start will take place.

``I imagine I will still be pitching down here (in Florida) and try to build up some arm strength,″ Pettitte said.

Pettitte gave up three hits and struck out over two innings in his first start for Tampa last Tuesday.

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