New York Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte has a fractured left ankle and will miss at least six weeks, tweets Mark Feinsand of the NY Daily News.
Left ankle fracture for Pettitte. No surgery expected, but he's out at least six weeks.— Mark Feinsand (@BloggingBombers) June 27, 2012
Pettitte took a sharp line drive off the bat of Casey Kotchman right on ankle in the top of the fifth inning. Initially convincing manager Joe Girardi he could stay in the game, Pettitte threw one pitch to the next batter before being removed from the game.
Surgery is not thought to be necessary to repair the ankle but Pettitte will be on crutches and in a boot for the next six weeks. With CC Sabathia also hitting the DL earlier today, the Yankees may be in the market for starting pitching help at the trade deadline after all.
After coming out of retirement in spring and joining the Yankees roster in early May, the 40-year-old Pettitte is 3-3 with a 3.23 ERA through nine starts.