Houston, TX (Sports Network) - Houston Astros pitcher Andy Pettitte will miss his scheduled start on Friday to give his injured left elbow more time to heal.
Pettitte, who has been on the 15-day disabled since April 7, is eligible to rejoin the club on Thursday. However, he will instead pitch in a simulated game on Friday at Houston's spring training facility in Kissimmee, Florida. The lefthander is then expected to take the hill for the Astros on April 29 at Pittsburgh.
The injury occurred while Pettitte was at-bat and checked a swing during his first start of the year against San Francisco. An MRI revealed inflammation in the elbow with a strain in the flexor tendon.
The 31-year-old is 0-1 with a 10.13 earned run average in his one start for the Astros this season. He gave up six runs on 11 hits over 5 1/3 innings during a 7-5 loss to the Giants.