Apparently, the New York Yankees' rotation is cursed this year. As if losing Michael Pineda for the year and adding CC Sabathia to the disabled list on Wednesday weren't bad enough, the team will now have to do without Andy Pettitte after the veteran pitcher fractured his left ankle.
UPDATE: June 27th at 6:25 p.m. ET
ESPN's Buster Olney has noted that Pettitte would likely miss more time than previously reported:
The more realistic timetable on Pettitte, sources say, is that he'll probably be out two months. So, late August/early September.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) June 27, 2012
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Jordan Bastian of MLB.com originally reported Pettitte would miss six weeks with the fracture:
Left ankle fracture for Pettitte. Needs 6 weeks to heal, but no surgery. He will be placed on crutches and into a walking boot.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) June 27, 2012
So for those of you keeping score at home, the Yankees will now be without Sabathia until after the All-Star break and without Pettitte for two months.
Losing your top two lefties isn't exactly a recipe for success in the brutal AL East.
Pettitte has been fantastic for the Yankees this year, compiling a 3-3 record with 59 strikeouts and a 3.22 ERA in nine starts.
Freddy Garcia will likely move into the rotation in the meantime, with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre right-hander Adam Warren likely to see a few starts as well.
Really, the pitching staff as a whole has been cursed this season. Mariano Rivera was also out for the year, while David Robertson lost a chunk of time after starting the season ablaze in the bullpen. And through it all, the Yankees still sit atop the AL East.
Hopefully, Pettitte will be able to pick up right where he left off when he returns from injury. If he does—and the Yankees can keep their other arms healthy—this team should cruise into the postseason once again.
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