Spoke with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman while I was on my drive home from Yankee Staidum last night, and he said he was relieved that the MRI on Andy Pettitte's elbow showed no structural damage.

Cashman hadn't sat down with manager Joe Girardi and the team's medical staff yet to discuss the course of action for managing Pettitte's injury, but his initial belief is that Pettitte will miss his next start but avoid the disabled list.

Here's Kimberley Martin's story on Pettitte's elbow injury, and here's a column I wrote about why this could be a season-long storyline for Pettitte and the Yankees.

Pettitte was in line to pitch Tuesday night in Detroit. If Sergio Mitre is not needed out of the bullpen between now and then, it seems likely he would get the spot start.

While he has only thrown 9 2/3 innings this season, he was built up as a starter during spring training. So it's not unreasonable to think he could give them 70-to-80 pitches Tuesday night.

But just for fun here are the top two options at Triple-A....

Ivan Nova... 2-0, 2.43 ERA, 1.27 WHIP in 37 innings spanning six starts.

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Jason Hirsh... 2-3, 3.06 ERA, 0.90 WHIP in 32 1/3 innings spanning five starts.