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Out 4-5 weeks, Pettitte looks forward to World Series

Andy Pettitte pitches in the seventh inning against

Andy Pettitte pitches in the seventh inning against the Texas Rangers at Yankee Stadium, Sunday. (April 18, 2010) Credit: Kathy Kmonicek

Andy Pettitte's first reaction to the time frame was somewhere between disbelief and disappointment.

"When I heard four to five [weeks], I'm thinking, oh gosh," said Pettitte, put on the disabled list Tuesday with the strained left groin he suffered Sunday. "I hope it's not that long. I hope I heal up quick. I hope it's not that long; I don't know if that's realistic. We'll see."

Pettitte said the groin "feels a lot better today than it did two days ago." He is prohibited from physical activity for at least a week.

"I know I can't reinjure this thing, so I have to take the time to rest it right now," he said.

Pettitte, who is 11-2 with a 2.88 ERA, said the "only silver lining" is that when he comes back, "I know I'm going to be strong" for the Yankees' stretch run, which he hopes will include a World Series title.

"I'm going to make sure I take care of myself and have it fully healthy before I come back because I can't have a problem," he said. "I'm here to try and help us win the World Series, and if I hurt it again I'm probably not going to be doing that."


Albaladejo up

Righthander Jonathan Albaladejo, who had a dreadful spring - 16 hits and 10 earned runs in 22/3 innings for a 33.75 ERA - but has been lights out for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, was called up as the corresponding roster move to Pettitte going to the DL. He went 12/3 innings last night, allowed one run, two hits and a walk and struck out one.

The 6-5, 260-pound Albaladejo is 2-1 with a 0.96 ERA with 31 saves in Pennsylvania, striking out 61 and walking 12. He said the positive that came from his poor spring was he started throwing a four-seam fastball.

"I couldn't get an out and hitter after hitter was hit, hit, hit," he said. "I said, I can't keep doing this, so I started throwing the four-seamer and . . . it's been working for me."

Another roster move will come later in the week when Sergio Mitre, who will replace Pettitte in the rotation Saturday against the Royals, is activated.

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