Andy Pettitte Fractures Ankle, Will Miss 6 Weeks

June 27, 2012 12:00 AM

Andy Pettitte Fractures Ankle, Will Miss 6 Weeks

" Wednesday was not a good day for the Yankee pitching staff.

It started off bad with CC Sabathia going on the disabled list with a strained groin that will force him to miss at least two starts and then it got much worse when Casey Kotchman lined a ball off Andy Pettitte's ankle in the top of the fifth of their matinee with the Indians. Pettitte threw one more pitch, but was in visible pain as his front foot came down and Joe Girardi removed him from the game.

The reason for the pain was quickly discovered. Pettitte fractured his left ankle and will miss at least six weeks as a result.

It would be a serious blow even if Sabathia weren't already on the disabled list, but it is doubly painful thanks to the timing. The Yankees will now have to make at least two trips through the rotation without their best two starters of the season, something that could make an already tight race even tighter "

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