Yankee woes: Pettitte breaks ankle; Sabathia (groin) to DL


Yankee woes: Pettitte breaks ankle; Sabathia (groin) to DL

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.

Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League


Ortiz wins Hank Aaron Award as top hitter in American League

CLEVELAND -- David Ortiz is heading into retirement with some more hardware.

The Boston Red Sox slugger captured the Hank Aaron Award on Wednesday as the top hitter in the American League this season. Budding Chicago Cubs star Kris Bryant was honored as the top hitter in the National League.

The award was presented before Game 2 of the World Series between the Cubs and Cleveland. It was determined through a combination of fan voting and a panel that includes Aaron and other Hall of Fame players.

The 40-year-old Ortiz hit .315 with 38 home runs, 127 RBIs and 48 doubles in the 20th and final season of his major league career. His 541 career home runs rank 17th all-time.

The 24-year-old Bryant hit .292 with 39 home runs and 102 RBIs while helping the Cubs cruise to the NL Central title and eventually a spot in the World Series. Shortly after being honored, Bryant singled in the first inning for his first Series hit.