Yanks' Pettitte out with ankle fracture

June 27, 2012 at 5:02 PM

NEW YORK, June 27 (UPI) -- New York Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte is expected to be out of commission at least six weeks with a fracture in his left ankle, the club said Wednesday.

Pettitte left the Yankees' game against the Cleveland Indians after being struck in the ankle by Casey Kotchman's one-hopper in the top of the fifth inning. Pettitte, exhibiting signs of pain, was attended to by the training staff and Manager Joe Girardi. He made one more pitch before Girardi pulled him.

The team said he will be placed on crutches with his foot in a boot.

It was the second blow to New York's starting pitching corps this week, with CC Sabathia going on the 15-day disabled list.

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