Astros ace hopes to make next start

HOUSTON -- Houston Astros starter Andy Pettitte's troublesome left elbow forced him to leave his outing Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks after the fifth inning.

Pettitte has been on the disabled list twice this season with
left arm injuries. He was on the DL April 7-29 with a left elbow
strain and again May 27-June 28 with a left forearm strain.

"I aggravated it again a little bit. We're going to see how it
feels the next couple of days and hopefully I'll be able to make my
next start," Pettitte said. "It's the same thing, the flexor
tendon in my elbow, but it's not as bad as it was before. I threw a
backdoor cutter to [Alex] Cintron in the fourth, and that is when I
first felt it."

The left-hander gave up two runs -- both on homers -- and three
hits while striking out four. He walked none and threw 62 pitches.

Injuries have limited Pettitte to just 13 starts since he signed with Houston in the offseason. He is 6-4 with a 4.11 ERA after a
4-1 loss Monday night.

"He'll be looked at by the doctor tomorrow, and hopefully we
will have a more in-depth story to tell you," Houston manager Phil
Garner said. "He said that he felt something when we came out to
talk to him in the fifth, but he said he thought he could get
through the inning. We didn't want him to push it. He probably
could have gone back out.

"I know he has had trouble with it in the past, but let's wait
and see what the doctor says."