Yankees pitching coach Dave Eiland said Game 2 starter Andy Pettitte had “normal soreness” the day he threw seven innings against the Twins.
There was plenty of concern over Pettitte’s health prior to Game 2. The veteran lefty had missed most of the second half with a strained left groin and complained of a balky balk after his Sept. 24 start against the Red Sox.
But Pettitte allowed just two runs on five hits in seven innings to earn his MLB-record 19th playoff win in Minneapolis on Thursday night.
Eiland said the 38-year-old Pettitte is healthy enough to start Game 5 against the Twins, if necessary.
“He’s a little sore where anybody’s going to be sore the day after,” Eiland said. “It’s nothing abnormal.”
CC STILL ON: Brian Cashman and Joe Girardi said that CC Sabathia was still in line to start Game 4 on three days’ rest if the Yankees lose on Saturday night. Sabathia started on short rest twice in the 2009 postseason, with the Yankees winning both games.