Luis Severino shut down with forearm discomfort

The Yankees announced on Thursday that RHP Luis Severino would be shut down for "a few days" after he experienced discomfort in his forearm Wednesday night and again Thursday morning. Severino was scheduled to throw a bullpen on Thursday.  According to Aaron Boone, Severino has a "loose body" in his arm and this has been an on again off again issue for Severino dating back to his last start of the ALCS against Houston in October.  Per Sweeny Murti, Severino had MRIs in both December and February that came back clean.  It was initially reported that Severino would see Dr Christopher Ahmad on Friday and Jack Curry later clarified that Severino has been prescribed anti-inflammatories and rest but its is unclear when or if Severino will see Dr Ahmad. 

Boone punted on the question when asked if Severino will be ready for opening day.  After missing most of last season with rotator cuff and lat injuries, the Yankees focus will surely be on his health rather than having him ready for the start of the season.  With opening day a little over a month away, Severino would likely be a long shot to be ready even if he's deemed healthy within the next few days.

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After returning from his injuries in 2019, Severino pitched in just 12 innings in the regular season, going 1-1 with a 1.50 ERA.  He pitched 8.1 innings in the 2019 postseason, going 0-1 in 2 starts and posting a 2.16 ERA.  Severino received this tough news on his 26th birthday and on the heels of the James Paxton news from last week, the Yankees now face entering the season without two of their top three starters.  The pressure will be on JA Happ and the other pitchers competing for a roster spot to step up and fill the void in their absence.

Article by: Matt Graziano


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