This is the second time Andy Pettitte was being skipped his turn this spring training. Of course, they all said this was not a big deal at all. They always say that. Did Andy try not to aggravate his elbow and lead to this back spasms? I know Andy had back spasms last season and then came out to pitch all season. I also know every professional athlete has all kind of pain and it seems never being 100% healthy during their career. They all play through the pain and just how much pain they can stand, but it always causes me to concern every time when the pain is big enough to let them stop doing something or make it publicly, especially do you notice how many "hopefully" Pettitte was saying about pitching all season during two interviews regard for missing his turns?
I said this on this preview post when Andy was being skipped at the first time this spring for his elbow,
I don't mind to start Big Three with Mussina and Wang at the beginning season if Pettitte need more time for his elbow. I always feel we won't be able to find out who is the best option to replace Joba's role in the bullpen if Joba is there.
Is it too late to move Joba back to rotation now? Give Pettitte the time he need for healing is not a bad idea as well.