Bruised hand won't knock Pettitte off schedule

Bruised hand won't knock Pettitte off schedule

Bruised hand won't knock Pettitte off schedule
ATLANTA -- Yankees veteran lefty Andy Pettitte had a bruise on his left hand to show for grabbing a ground ball in Sunday's 5-4 win over the Mets at Yankee Stadium, but any swelling had subsided and he said on Monday that he's a go for his next start, on Saturday against the Nationals in Washington, D.C.

"It feels great today," said Pettitte, who was able to play catch in the hours before Monday night's game against the Braves at Turner Field. "I had some swelling yesterday and lost the feel for the baseball. I couldn't grip it, and that was it. I couldn't continue."

During the sixth inning of Sunday's game, Pettitte instinctively reacted to Scott Hairston's ground ball up the middle by stabbing at it with his throwing hand. Pettitte fielded the ball cleanly and threw to first base for the out.

Pettitte finished the inning but didn't return for the seventh. He underwent X-rays, which were negative, and left the ballpark with his hand wrapped in a bandage. The swelling and bandage were nowhere to be seen on Monday, even though the bruise was.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he was worried after the incident.

"Any time a pitcher fields a ball with his bare hand, you have to be concerned," Girardi said.

But Girardi agreed with Pettitte's assessment: He's a go for Saturday.

"It's always hard to predict what will happen in the next couple of days, but I think he'll make it," Girardi added.