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Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 06/27/2012

Andy Pettitte breaks fibula down near ankle, the latest injury for Yankees staff


Andy Pettitte suffered a broken fibula when he was struck by a ball in the fifth inning Wednesday. (Jim McIsaac / Getty Images)
Another day, another freak injury to a New York Yankees pitcher.

Andy Pettitte is expected to miss at least six weeks after suffering a broken left fibula down near his ankle in the Yankees’ 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. The injury came just hours after the team placed C.C. Sabathia on the 15-day disabled list with a strained adductor muscle.

Pettitte was struck on the leg in the fifth inning on a one-hopper hit by Casey Kotchman. He took few warmup pitches and was allowed to stay in the game. He made one more throw before Manager Joe Girardi took him out of the game.

Pettitte, who came out of retirement at the age of 40, has been one of the Yankees’ best pitchers. He has a 3-3 record with a 3.29 ERA this season.

The Yankees have had a run of odd injuries to their pitchers this season. Mariano Rivera hurt his knee shagging balls in the outfield and Joba Chamberlain suffered an open dislocation of his ankle jumping on a trampoline.

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