'Boomer & Gio': How Serious Is Luis Severino's Shoulder Issue?

Boomer and Gio
March 06, 2019 - 10:08 am
Yankees pitcher Luis Severino

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By WFAN.com

So just how serious is Luis Severino's shoulder issue? 

The Yankees said Tuesday they're shutting down their ace pitcher due to inflammation in his right rotator cuff and that it's "highly unlikely" he'll be ready by Opening Day.

But could it be worse? That's what WFAN's Boomer Esiason and Gregg Giannotti were wondering at the beginning of Wednesday's "Boomer & Gio" show.

Esiason said he believes it's probably an issue that will hang over the Yankees for months. He also wondered if the reason Severino wasn't scheduled to make his spring debut until Tuesday was an indication that the right-hander hadn't been feeling right.

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"Normally something like this leads to surgery, and if it leads to surgery, that means he's gone until next year," Esiason said. "So all these things that they're going to try to do to ... make the inflammation go away maybe will reveal a tear or something in there.

"That whole thing with the rotator cuff, man, that thing scares the hell out of me," he added. "It really is. I don't want to be like the sky is falling and be Chicken Little and everything."

Giannotti, meanwhile, wasn't prepared to go the doom-and-gloom route. 

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"Can it be something where ... just he felt a little bit of something, they saw that it was irritated slightly, there's no tear, they shut him down, he gets back to normal, and he's OK?" he asked.

"I'll tell you what will tell us if it's more serious: if the Yankees go out and sign one of these free agent starting pitchers. If they go out and sign Dallas Keuchel, they go out and sign Gio Gonzalez, then I would say Luis Severino is not going to be around for a while this year."

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