Andy Pettitte leaves game after being hit by ball
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
NEW YORK – Andy Pettitte was forced to leave his start against the Indians on Wednesday after taking a fifth-inning comebacker off his left ankle.
Pettitte was struck by a well-hit infield single by Cleveland’s Casey Kotchman, with the Yankees leading, 2-1. He attempted to throw several warmup pitches and appeared uncomfortable, but manager Joe Girardi initially permitted Pettitte to stay in the game.
After one pitch to Lou Marson, Pettitte was removed, as the Yankees did not like the way the 40-year-old left-hander was landing. Pettitte limped off the field with Girardi and a trainer.
The injury added more concern to an afternoon in which the Yankees announced they will place ace left-hander CC Sabathia on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain.
Cody Eppley relieved Pettitte. Long reliever Freddy Garcia was expected to be potentially unavailable because he is already in line to start in CC Sabathia’s place on Friday against the White Sox, but began warming in the fifth inning.