Yankees' Severino Out Until At Least May 1

March 15, 2019 - 11:49 am

By WFAN.com

The Yankees will be without ace pitcher Luis Severino until at least May 1, general manager Brian Cashman said Friday.

Severino was scratched from his spring training debut March 5 with discomfort in his right, pitching shoulder. After undergoing an MRI, Severino was diagnosed with rotator cuff inflammation. He was then shut down from throwing for two weeks.

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Severino has not experienced any setbacks, Cashman said, but the rebulding program will take several weeks.

The Yankees signed Severino last month to a four-year, $40 million contract. Last season, he was 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 1.15 WHIP and struck out 220 batters.

The Yankees' Luis Severino pitches in the first inning in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Boston Red Sox on Oct. 8, 2018, at Yankee Stadium.

Cashman also said pitcher CC Sabathia, who had knee and heart surgeries in the offseason, is expected to be ready at some point in April. He also must serve a five-game suspension for throwing at Tampa Bay's Jesus Sucre near the end of last season.

Luis Cessa, Domingo German and Jonathan Loaisiga are the candidates to take Severino's and Sabathia's places until they return.

The Yankees' GM also said that he's leaving the door open for first basemen Luke Voit and Greg Bird to both make the Opening Day roster, but only in the even that Aaron Hicks (back) is not healthy by then. Cashman, however, said he's optimistic Hicks will be ready by the March 28 opener against the Orioles.

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