Brian Cashman: 'Gut Is We're Not Carrying Both Bird, Voit'

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March 06, 2019 - 3:13 pm

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There was some concern on Tuesday when the news came down that Luis Severino had shoulder inflammation. It is essentially a lock that Severino will not be ready for Opening Day. 

Yankees GM Brian Cashman joined WFAN's Mike Francesa Wednesday to address the Severino injury. 

"We're going to shut him down for two weeks and then we'll re-evaluate him in two weeks and the orthopedic will run him through their routine to determine how a patient responds to those different exercise routines and then if he comes through that without any issue and shows arm strength without resistance pain, then we'll get him on a throwing program," Cashman told Francesa.

What's next for the Yankees now regarding the starting rotation? Will they go out and get a pitcher or will they stay within the organization? 

"It's a complicated process. We have C.C. serving a five-game suspension to start the season and then more likely than not regardless, I don't think he's going to be ready to start the season just because he had setback from that heart condition that he thankfully resolved in a good, healthy way," Cashman said. "We're going to have two spots to deal with to start the year. Right now, German and Loaisiga, those guys are throwing well. Cessa is throwing well. Two of those three guys, I feel very comfortable with, especially Loaisiga and German. Those guys ceilings and upsides as starters I think are pretty exciting from our perspective. Loaisiga's stuff might be the best stuff in camp. Watching him and evaluating his game today was pretty exciting. He's got electric stuff. I feel very comfortable with the guy that we see today or German the way they have been throwing and the way they are capable of throwing, if we have to plug and play with those guys, I'm good. They'll get opportunities. We're staying within. We're always open to outside opportunities. I'm open to nibbling, but everything we are going to rely upon has to be right now here."

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Will Jordan Montgomery be a part of that rotation at some point in the 2019 season? 

"Montgomery is going through his Tommy John rehab and he's not a player for this roster probably until August. I'd say late second half," Cashman said. "It's nice to know he might be there in August and September, but there's no guarantees. He should be in line to be back and throwing competitive innings whether it's with us or triple-A Scranton sometime in the second half." 

It looks early on and also what happened last season that Luke Voit will be the Yankees first baseman. Voit has been duking it out for the job with Greg Bird, who has dealt with injuries throughout his early Yankees career. Will they both be on the roster on Opening Day? 

"My gut is, although I'm not calling it right now, my gut is we're not carrying both Bird and Voit on the club," the Yankees GM said. "They both have options. It doesn't mean what I'm saying right now is gospel. It depends how this roster shakes out. Going into spring training, we're like may the best person win at first base, but I don't think there was a thought process of carrying both, because I'm not sure if the at bats are there for the parting line. We haven't had any team meetings on it, it's premature."

You can listen to the entire interview with Cashman above. 

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