|Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte throws off bullpen mound; Henn will go on DL|
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|Wednesday, 26 March 2008 11:24|
Pettitte originally was to start New York's second game against Toronto on Tuesday but was pushed back due to back spasms.
``It makes me feel good that I got through that and I felt good,'' Pettitte said. ``I could just tell that I felt a whole lot better this morning when I woke up. It loosened up nice for me.''
Pettitte is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game Saturday. That outing could be pushed back to Sunday if he feels stiffness Thursday.
``We'll see how I feel tomorrow and make a call,'' Pettitte said.
Also, Yankees left fielder Johnny Damon was scratched from Wednesday's game against Philadelphia with flulike symptoms. He could miss a couple of days.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said left-hander Sean Henn, who has been slowed by left shoulder tendinitis, will start the season on the 15-day disabled list. Henn gave up one hit over a scoreless inning in a minor league game Wednesday.
Closer Mariano Rivera also worked a scoreless inning in a minor league contest, striking out one.
Billy Traber made a strong case to be the left-hander out of the Yankees' bullpen in Wednesday's 4-0 loss to the Phillies. He retired left-handed hitting Chase Utley on a fly ball and struck out Ryan Howard.