|Andy Pettitte will miss at least six weeks. (AP photo)|
In a matter of hours Wednesday the Yankees went from having one of the best starting fives in all of baseball, to now trying to suddenly replace their top two pitchers. First it was CC Sabathia being placed on the 15-day disabled list this morning with a muscle strain in his left leg. Then, Andy Pettitte was hit with a line drive to the ankle in the afternoon game against the Cleveland Indians hours later. He will miss at least six weeks.
So, that deep Yankees rotation we talked about, the one that easily could survive without Sabathia for two weeks, is now in a bit of trouble. Joining Hiroki Kuroda, Ivan Nova and Phil Hughes will likely be Freddy Garcia and Adam Warren, for now anyway. From there, it's anyone's guess.
It's been a surreal few hours for the Yankees and their fans. Pettitte went from cruising in his start against Cleveland to breaking his left ankle on the line drive. Pettitte tried pitching after warming up a bit, but after throwing one more pitch, a strike, he came down awkwardly and manager Joe Girardi didn't waste any time replacing him. The good news is Pettitte won't require surgery.
The Yankees turnaround this season coincided with the return of Pettitte to the team, which is no surprise. Now the team will have to get by for the next six weeks without him being an on-field contributor.