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Mitre Will Take Pettitte's Place In Yankee Rotation

Cliff Lee sure would look good in Yankee pinstripes right about now, wouldn’t he?

Andy Pettitte has been a vital part of the Yankees’ rotation this season. But the Yankees will be without their All-Star left-hander for the next four to five weeks.

According to general manager Brian Cashman, Pettitte will be placed on the disabled list and miss at least a month after he strained his left groin during the third inning of the Yankees’ 9-5 win over the Tampa Bay Rays this afternoon in front of 46,969 fans at Yankee Stadium.

Sergio Mitre will take what was supposed to be Pettitte’s next scheduled turn on Saturday.

The 38-year-old Pettitte suffered the injury after surrendering back-to-back singles to Jason Bartlett and Gabe Kapler with one out in the third. He was facing Kelly Shoppach when he delivered his final pitch on a 2-1 count, one that caused him to land awkwardly, creating a “burning sensation” in his left groin.