Yankees starting pitcher Andy Pettitte suffered a broken left fibula where it meets his ankle Wednesday and is expected to miss at least six weeks after he was hit by a batted ball in New York's 5-4 win over Cleveland. The Yanks say they expect the break to heal without surgery.
The injury came on the same day the Yankees placed left-hander CC Sabathia on the 15-day disabled list with a strained groin.
Right-hander Adam Warren is set to be called up from Triple-A on Thursday to start Friday in place of Sabathia. Freddy Garcia is slated in Pettitte's spot Monday. General manager Brian Cashman said he didn't want to make a trade to replace Pettitte. Garcia has improved his velocity and command recently, and has been an effective starter most of his career.
Casey Kotchman hit a low line drive that hit Pettitte near his left ankle, the one the left-hander pushes off with. Pettitte took a step toward the ball before gently falling down.
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