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Yankees send Luis Severino for MRI

The Yankees ace experienced a setback and is heading for more testing.

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The Yankees’ injury outlook got gloomier on Monday afternoon. During his pregame press conference, Aaron Boone revealed that Luis Severino experienced a setback in his rehab. Boone explained that Severinodidn’t feel great” while having a catch, so the team will send him for another MRI tomorrow.

Severino, 24, was diagnosed with rotator cuff tendinitis in his right shoulder on March 5th. He missed the entirety of Grapefruit League play, but the team believed he could return in the first half of the season. This seems to throw a wrench into those plans.

The right-hander had a strong, if not top-heavy, season in 2018. He pitched to a 3.39 ERA (2.95 FIP) over 191.1 innings. That included a Cy Young-caliber first half, and a brutal collapse down the stretch. He lost nearly all effectiveness after the calendar flipped to July. Many blamed tipping pitches for the sudden drop-off in production, but any number of factors could have contributed to it.

For what it’s worth, the Yankees felt confident enough in Severino rebounding that they inked him to a four-year, $40 million extension at the start of camp. He took a physical when pitchers and catchers reported, so it would be tough to pin his second-half slide on this particular injury.

Shoulders have a history of being troublesome. It’s good that Severino spoke up and didn’t try to force his rehab. That said, one has to worry about where this heads. The Yankees have the depth to fill out a rotation, but Severino’s frontline production is nearly irreplaceable.

Pinstripe Alley will have more as this develops.