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Yankees rule out Andy Pettitte for two months

Jun 28, 2012, 5:32 PM EDT

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The initial word Wednesday was that Andy Pettitte would miss at least six weeks with the broken left fibula he suffered when hit by a Casey Kotchman liner. The Yankees, though, placed him on the 60-day DL today, suggesting that he’ll be put on a rehab plan to return right around Sept. 1.

The Bombers also officially placed CC Sabathia on the 15-day DL today. Called up to replace the injured pitchers were Adam Warren and Ryota Igarashi.

Warren, 24, will make his major league debut Friday, starting in Sabathia’s place. That was originally expected to be Freddy Garcia‘s assignment, but he’ll start Monday in Pettitte’s place after pitching in relief yesterday.

Warren was 5-5 with a 3.86 ERA and a 59/27 K/BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He was 3-2 with a 2.03 ERA in five starts this month.

Igarashi will join the pen. He made two appearances for the Jays and one for the Yankees earlier this season and allowed runs in all of them. Overall, he has a 6.21 ERA in 71 innings as a major league reliever.

Until Sabathia returns — something that should happen immediately after the break — the Yankees will use a rotation of Hiroki Kuroda, Ivan Nova, Phil Hughes, Garcia and Warren. Both Garcia and Warren will apparently have two starts to show that they deserve to keep their spot once Sabathia is back.

  1. redux23 - Jun 28, 2012 at 6:10 PM

    they certainly can catch a break

  2. proudlycanadian - Jun 28, 2012 at 6:18 PM

    Warren might be OK especially if he gets run support. Igarashi is another matter. He was terrific early this season in Triple A, but when called up by the Jays he faltered. He had trouble with big league hitters.

  3. bigharold - Jun 28, 2012 at 9:50 PM

    I’m surprised that Pettitte went on the 60 day DL. I don’t see the advantage. Why not out him in for a shorter period and hope for the best.

    I had a almost the exact same break and was even older then Pettitte when it happened. After six weeks in a boot I was fine. And, .. I still spent the the rest of the summer working every day doing all the normal things one does AND I was riding my MC with the boot on too!

    • brewcitybummer - Jun 29, 2012 at 12:53 AM

      The advantage is not needing to send anyone else to waivers in order to add Adam Warren to the 40 man roster

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