Pettitte out at least 6 weeks with broken ankle

Andy Pettitte took a shot off the left ankle from Casey Kotchman in the 5th inning of Wednesday’s game against the Indians. He initially tried to stay in the game, but left after throwing one pitch.

It turns out that Pettitte fractured the ankle and will be on crutches and in a boot for the next six weeks, but he will avoid surgery, according to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger.

This is awful news for the Yankees who also lost CC Sabathia to the DL Wednesday morning (although CC is only expected to miss two starts). Freddy Garcia was expected to replace CC in the rotation, but he needed to replace Pettitte today so it will likely be Adam Warren who takes CC’s place and Garcia to take Pettitte’s.

Warren has solid overall numbers in Triple-A this season. In 15 starts he has a 3.86 ERA, a 6.2 K/9 and a 2.8 BB/9. He had a poor start to the season though with a 6.10 ERA in April, but really has been hot lately. His ERA in June is 2.03 with batters hitting just .241 off him.

No word yet on who will replace Pettitte on the active roster, but it will likely be a reliever, probably David Phelps to slide into the long-man role.

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