Yankees' Severino To Have MRI After Possible Injury Setback

April 08, 2019 - 5:45 pm
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By WFAN.com

Luis Severino was expected to return from his shoulder injury in May, but he may now be in danger of missing a more prolonged period of time.

On Monday, Yankees manager Aaron Boone revealed that Severino “didn’t feel great” after his latest long-toss session. The right-handed starter will now return to New York for an MRI, which will help determine the next step in his rehabilitation process.

Severino was scratched from his spring training debut March 5 with discomfort in his right shoulder. After undergoing an initial MRI, Severino was diagnosed with rotator cuff inflammation. He was then shut down from throwing for two weeks and eventually placed on the injured list. 

Injuries to a pitcher’s throwing arm are always concerning, so the Yankees were clearly choosing to be careful with Severino’s ailment. They may have another tough decision to make if he has indeed experienced a setback with his recovery.

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This news comes at a time when Boone’s team has more injury absences than wins. The freakish avalanche of injuries is having an effect on a franchise that prides itself on having one of the deepest rosters in Major League Baseball.

In February, The Yankees signed Severino to a four-year, $40 million contract. Last season, he was 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 1.15 WHIP, as he also struck out 220 batters. The 25-year-old is viewed as one of the team's aces of the present and future, but injury issues could complicate that.

If Severino does have to miss more time, the Yankees could decide to dip back into the free agent market to add another pitcher.

CC Sabathia has been recovering from right knee surgery that he underwent this offseason, but appears to be almost ready to return to the starting rotation. Domingo German has been solid while filling in for the injured Yankees' starters.

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