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Pettitte Plays Catch; Gardner Goes to Hospital...

Andy Pettitte (left groin strain) said he didn't feel any discomfort after playing catch yesterday and today. The 38-year-old pitcher who was diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain last week said: "I'm feeling good. I’m not having any problems at all."

Though he doesn't foresee his return to the rotation taking 4-5 weeks, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said he'd prefer Pettitte to be cautious.

Pettitte said he will fly to Tampa Monday morning to continue his rehab. He will join the Yankees for their series against the Rays Friday night.

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Brett Gardner went to the hospital Saturday morning because of an acid reflux condition. Girardi said the outfielder has had the condition since his was a teenager. The team said it is possible, but unlikely, that he will be available for today's game against Kansas City.

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Reliever Jonathan Albaladejo was optioned to make room for Sergio Mitre on the roster. He had a 3.38 ERA in 2 2/3 innings for the Yanks.

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