BOSTON – Andy Pettitte will skip a start because of an elbow problem even though the New York Yankees left-hander doesn’t want to.

“We’ll see where he’s at in a few days,” Manager Joe Girardi said Friday night before the opener of a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox. “He wanted to pitch, but we just feel it’s in the best interest of him and the whole club that we skip a start.”

Pettitte left his last start against the Baltimore Orioles after five innings on Wednesday night and the Yankees went on to a 7-5 win in which they nearly squandered a five-run lead. An MRI showed mild inflammation in his left elbow after he felt stiffness above the elbow and in the back of his pitching arm.

Pettitte, 37, is off to an outstanding start with a 4-0 record and a 2.08 ERA.

“You have to remind yourself to think about long term,” Girardi said. “Missing a start should clear it up. … We’re talking about him pitching sometime in the Minnesota series” that starts next Friday.

Sergio Mitre will take Pettitte’s spot in the rotation Monday night at Detroit.