Yankees' Severino 'Highly Unlikely' To Be Ready For Opening Day With Rotator Cuff Inflammation

March 05, 2019 - 2:31 pm

By WFAN.com

The Yankees suddenly have a reason for concern at the top of their rotation.

Ace pitcher Luis Severino was scratched from his first spring training start Tuesday with right shoulder discomfort, the team announced. 

After undergoing an MRI, Severino was diagnosed with rotator cuff inflammation. Yankees manager Aaron Boone said the young pitcher will be shut down for two weeks before  being re-assessed and hopefully resuming his throwing program.

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Boone went on to say that it is "highly unlikely"that Severino is ready for Opening Day, and that Domingo German and Jonathan Loaisiga are the top candidates to fill in for the injured pitcher.

Severino warmed up for Tuesday's game against the Braves and then stopped.  The manager said Severino told him he felt something around his lat muscle or back of his shoulder.

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.

WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman reported Tuesday that even before Severino's issue cropped up, the Yankees had discussions about signing former A's and Nationals star Gio Gonzalez to add some rotation depth. 

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