Following his rehab assignment, the New York Yankees have demoted Luis Severino to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. 

Two months ago, no one would have imagined that New York Yankees phenom Luis Severino would be optioned to Triple-A before the month of June. Yet, here we are.

Following a strained right triceps, he was put on the 15-day disabled list and a rehab start in Tampa in which he threw three scoreless innings, the Yankees decided to not allow him to return to the rotation.

In 2015, the “future ace” went 5-3 with a 2.89 ERA, only 7.7 H/9 and 8.1 strikeouts per nine innings. To many people surprise, Severino has failed miserably to carry that over into his sophomore season despite the adventure that was foreseen.

The supposed anchor of the pitching staff’s ERA has climbed to an astronomical 7.46 with six home runs along with a H/9 of 12.6. Additionally, Severino’s record is 0-6 featuring a 5.46 FIP.

This demotion has nothing to do with proving himself, as he has done that. In his first 17 starts as a major league pitcher, he has given up three runs or less in 13 of them. It’s factual and proven that he belongs here. The plan in sending him down is to simply work out some mind-boggling kinks, something that was necessary for the best pitchers in the sport.

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Severino might have to be the newest addition to the list of pitchers who have experienced this decline in order for the Yankees to avoid their prized youngster to turn into a bust.

In addition to the Severino send down, the Yankees placed Dustin Ackley on the disabled list with a right shoulder dislocation and have called up utility man, Rob Refsnyder.

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