NEW YORK -- The Yankees pitching staff suffered a double blow Wednesday, as Andy Pettitte suffered a fracture to his left ankle after he was drilled by a line drive in the lower leg on the same day they placed CC Sabathia on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained groin.
According to an MLB Tweet, Pettitte's anticipated healing time is six weeks. He will wear a boot and use crutches.
Casey Kotchman's low line drive hit Pettitte near his left ankle, the one he pushes off with, in the fifth inning of the left-hander's start against the Indians at Yankee Stadium. Pettitte took a step after the ball near the third base line before gently dropping to the infield grass.
He threw several warm-up pitches and remained in the game but came up limping after throwing his first live pitch. Manager Joe Girardi quickly popped out of the dugout and signaled for a pitching change.
Right-hander Cody Eppley came on with Kotchman on first and no one out.
As for Sabathia, the Yankees are hopeful he will only miss two starts and return to action after the All-Star break.