Pettitte Says He Will Start Against Texas

New York Yankees left-hander Andy Pettitte says he will make his scheduled start against Texas on Wednesday after leaving his last outing with a stiff back.

"I feel good," Pettitte said. "I feel better today than I did (Sunday). We haven't even talked about me missing a start."

Pettitte first appeared to strain his back in the fourth inning Friday against the Cleveland Indians, but remained in the game. He took a shutout into the sixth inning, but was removed after allowing a single and a walk.

Pettitte normally throws two bullpen sessions between starts, but didn't throw off the mound Sunday. He threw 25 pitches Monday.

The 37-year-old left-hander is 5-1 with a 4.10 ERA.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Chien-Ming Wang will remain in the bullpen for the near future.

He threw 42 pitches in three scoreless inning in Sunday's 5-4 loss to the Indians and said after the game he feels he's ready to rejoin the rotation. Wang also pitched two perfect relief innings in Texas on May 27.

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Wang, who won 18 games in 2006 and '07, began the season in the rotation, but was 0-3 with a 34.50 ERA in three starts before going on the DL.

"I would expect (Wang) him to be frustrated, but I haven't seen it," Girardi said. "He's done everything we've asked. We've talked all along that we believe he's a starter. At some point we believe he's going to be in this rotation."

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