Luis Severino’s rotator cuff injury will probably keep him off the field for more than a month of the New York Yankees’ 2019 season.
Severino missed his first start of spring on Mar. 5 because of inflammation in his rotator cuff. He’s been undergoing treatment ever since.
The 25-year-old signed a four-year, $40 million contract extension just weeks before the injury struck. He was an MLB All-Star for the second-consecutive year in 2018, finishing up with a 19-8 record and a 3.39 ERA.
Due to Sevy’s absence, manager Aaron Boone named Masahiro Tanaka the starter for his team’s Opening Day tilt against the Baltimore Orioles in the Bronx. Lefties James Paxton and J.A. Happ will follow Tanaka.
Luis Cessa, Domingo German, and Jonathan Loaisiga are battling for the two starting slots that are currently open. CC Sabathia, who is still building up his strength after offseason heart surgery, should knock one of those youngsters out of the rotation midway through April.
New York could even use an opener to bridge the gap to a healthy Severino. Boone recently suggested that he’ll deploy the trendy strategy to give his starters extra days off when necessary, and he has a stacked bullpen with which to work.
There are still 11 games on the grapefruit-league schedule. Watch closely to gather clues regarding the Yankees’ plan for dealing with Severino’s injury.