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Yankees Injuries: Luis Severino requires Tommy John surgery

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A crushing blow for the Yankees and Severino

Luis Severino, the Yankees right-hander warms up his arm at spring training in 2020 Photo by J. Conrad Williams Jr./Newsday via Getty Images

The Yankees got bad news back regarding Luis Severino on Tuesday afternoon. Brian Cashman told reporters that Severino requires Tommy John surgery. The right-hander’s season has ended before it even started.

The Bombers shut Severino down on February 20th after he reported persistent discomfort in his forearm. The team traced the pain back to Game Three of the 2019 ALCS, so this has been some time in the making. A battery of tests in the winter showed no structural damage, but that apparently changed in the latest round of examinations.

A should injury limited Severino to only three starts in the 2019 regular season, so he will effectively miss his age-25 and age-26 seasons. 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. The team signed him to a four year, $40 million extension last year.

We’ll have more on this as it develops. Stay tuned to PSA for updates. For now, though, I leave you with quick analysis from Hannibal Buress: