posted on Aug, 24 2004 @ 04:08 PM
Houston, TX (Sports Network) - The Houston Astros Tuesday announced that lefthanded pitcher Andy Pettitte underwent successful surgery on his left
elbow. Pettitte had been placed on the 15-day disabled list August 18.
The surgery, which was performed by Dr. James Andrews and assisted by team medical director Dr. David Lintner, repaired a torn flexor tendon in the
elbow and also cleaned out scar tissue that had formed in the injured area. The 32-year-old Pettitte is expected to begin throwing in December and
should be ready for Spring Training 2005.
Pettitte was one of the most prized free agents this past offseason and signed a three-year, $31.5 million contract with the Astros after nine
outstanding seasons with the New York Yankees. The two-time All-Star has struggled through an injury-plagued year with Houston. He suffered the torn
tendon while batting in his first start as an Astro and has spent two stints on the disabled list. For the year, Pettitte owns a 6-4 record and 3.90
ERA in 15 starts.
In his nine seasons with the Yankees, Pettitte compiled a 149-78 record and a 3.94 ERA, including a 21-win campaign in 2003. He helped New York to
four World Championships and six American League pennants during his tenure.
The Astros as a team have suffered through a disappointing 2004 campaign. Their .500 record has them six games out of the National League wild card