The New York Yankees gave their fans some good news following their Game 2 loss and it has to do with the health of Luis Severino.
In his postgame press conference, Girardi explained that the concern had to with the 23-year-old’s throwing shoulder. He also reports, however, that he “checked out fine” with the doctors and even wanted to stay in the contest, which New York eventually lost 2-1.
Facing Houston in the fourth inning, a trainer checked on Severino, though the thought of what was actually wrong with the youngster wasn’t clear at first. He was struck by a grounder off the bat of Yuli Gurriel in the wrist and was also seen winding his right throwing arm around.
“He wasn’t very happy I took him out,” Girardi said. “But I think it’s my responsibility to protect this kid. He’s very young, he’s thrown more innings than he has thrown during the course of the season, he gave us a great effort today and I felt I couldn’t take a chance.”
Severino’s final line was one earned run over four innings of work with no strikeouts. During the regular season, he went 14-6 with a 2.98 ERA (193.1IP, 64ER) in 31 starts.
It’s certainly good news for the Yankees, who will likely need their ace sometime later in the series as they look to erase another 2-0 series deficit.
Joe Girardi postgame comments on:
⚾ Yankees lineup
⚾ Luis Severino leaving early
⚾ Facing Justin Verlander
⚾ Final play of the game pic.twitter.com/VIuvY6mPsb
— YES Network (@YESNetwork) October 14, 2017