ST. LOUIS -- Houston pitcher Andy Pettitte was struck in the
leg by a ball during batting practice before his start in Game 1 of
the NL championship series.
The Astros said Pettitte would be able to make his start against
the St. Louis Cardinals in the opener of the best-of-seven series.
Pettitte was making a leisurely loop around the bases -- a
typical routine during batting practice -- when a sharply hit ball
struck him, apparently on the inside of the right leg.
Pettitte kept on running, finished out batting practice and
ducked into the dugout without commenting, but Astros manager Phil
Garner said the left-hander would be able to pitch without any
"He's fine," Garner said.
Astros general manager Tim Purpura was updated on Pettitte's
condition as well.
"I think it got him on the inside of his leg," Purpura said.
"I guess if we didn't have challenges, we wouldn't have jobs."
Pettitte, who wasn't able to pitch in last year's NLCS against
the Cardinals after undergoing elbow surgery, went 17-9 this season
with a 2.39 ERA -- second in the league to teammate Roger Clemens.
Pettitte won his only start in the opening round against Atlanta
to give him 14 postseason wins. He went into Wednesday's game only
one victory behind John Smoltz of the Braves, the winningest
postseason pitcher in baseball history.