Andy Pettitte won't start until weekend

Updated: September 29, 2010, 1:20 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

TORONTO -- As expected, Andy Pettitte will not make his scheduled start Wednesday night in Toronto, but will pitch this weekend in Boston in preparation for possibly two starts for the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series next week.

"I'll pitch one day in Boston, but I'm not sure which," Pettitte said in the jubilant Yankees clubhouse Tuesday night after the 6-1 victory over the Blue Jays that assured them of a playoff spot.

Before the victory, manager Joe Girardi had intended to use Pettitte on Wednesday night in an attempt to nail down the playoff berth that had eluded the Yankees during their recent skid. Now, even though the Yankees are still in contention for first place in the AL East, Javier Vazquez will start Wednesday night instead.

Pettitte is expected to start either Saturday or Sunday. A Saturday start would put him on full rest to start Game 2 of the ALDS, either in Minnesota if the Yankees finish as the wild card, or at Yankee Stadium versus the Texas Rangers if they manage to beat out the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL East title.

The Game 2 starter likely would start Game 5 on regular four days' rest because of off days between Games 2 and 3 and Games 4 and 5.

Girardi has not announced his playoff rotation except to say that CC Sabathia, who won Tuesday night with an 8 1/3-inning, one-run, three-hit outing, would start Game 1.

"Now, I can start thinking about things like that," Girardi said.

Immediately after Tuesday's victory, Girardi refused to say Pettitte would not start on Wednesday, although he acknowledged leaning toward skipping over him. But shortly after midnight, the Yankees sent out a news release announcing the change.

"This definitely works out better for me,'' Pettitte said. "But it really doesn't matter. Unfortunately, I was out for a lot longer than I thought I would be, so I got to make this work, you know?"

Pettitte's most recent outing, his second after coming off a two-month stay on the disabled list with a groin strain, also was his worst of the season. He allowed seven runs (six earned) in 3 1/3 innings Friday against the Red Sox.

"I just want to have a solid outing," said Pettitte, who has not thrown more than 79 pitches in either of his two comeback appearances. "I definitely don't want to have a game like the one I had against Boston."

Wallace Matthews covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com. You can follow him on Twitter.

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