The Yankees haven’t even opened their Grapefruit League schedule, and yet they now have two pitchers sidelined with injuries. Earlier today Aaron Boone announced that the team shut down Luis Severino after he experienced right forearm tightness. The right-hander James Paxton as starters on the shelf.
Bryan Hoch reports that Severino first experienced pain during Game Three of the 2019 ALCS. The club tried to manage it this offseason, but the discomfort continues to present, particularly when gripping a changeup. While previous tests discovered “a loose body” in his pitching elbow, that is not believed to be the source of the ailment.
Conflicting reports exist over the next step. Brian Cashman told Lindsey Adler that the plan is for Severino to start an anti-inflammatory regimen, while others report that he will meet with the team doctor tomorrow. We’ll have more news, of course, as it develops.
Severino, 26, made just three regular season starts in 2019 after dealing with a shoulder injury in spring training. He previously pitched to a 3.39 ERA (2.95 FIP) over 191.1 innings in 2018. The right-hander also placed third in the 2017 American League Cy Young voting.
Hopefully this is nothing serious. but after following the Bombers’ medical mishaps last year, I’m not going to hold my breath.