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.

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We won the game but we lost big time on starting pitching, Andy down for 6 weeks and CC down for 10 days until after ASB. Some one else will have to step up. Is Garcia the man? Did well out of the bull pen but can he pitch consistently as a starter for 6 or 7 innings? Adam Warren is an unknown quantity. He’s no Pettitte or CC obviously. Can we get by until CC gets back after ASB. When is Joba due back? I guess up to know we have done pretty well on the injury front as far as pitchers are concerned. Now it’s starting to bite us like it has bitten other teams. This will show what the team is made of. We’ll have to keep hitting the ball and getting runs until we get the rotation established again. Now Girardi will have to earn his money as manager. Should be interesting down the stretch. Can we stay ahead of the Rays and the Orioles? They’re the ones who are going to be trying to take advantage here.

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