The New York Yankees’ injury concerns won’t go away. Luis Severino needs further evaluation and an MRI after not feeling great.
Luis Severino, who has been longtossing, didn’t feel great in recent throwing, per Aaron Boone. So he’s been sent to New York for further evaluation and receive an MRI. The one in spring training showed only rotator cuff inflammation.
— James Wagner (@ByJamesWagner) April 8, 2019
It’s unclear exactly how long this will setback Severino’s progress, if at all. It’s up to manager Aaron Boone to figure out survive without his ace.
This is tough for the Yankees to take, but it’s not impossible to overcome. Of course, the team shouldn’t jeopardize his long-term health to rush him back too soon. But make no mistake about it, Severino is New York’s ace.
That puts even more pressure on the rest of the starting rotation to have a successful start. Thus far, two of the Yankees’ starters are carrying their weight.
For one, Masahiro Tanaka is stepping right in and holding down the fort as the No. 1 starter. In two starts this season—including an Opening Day start—Tanaka carries a 1.46 ERA and 12 strikeouts against no walks. He’s pounding the zone with strikes and showcasing his “bulldog” mentality every time he takes the mound.
Furthermore, Domingo German is off to a fast start after an up-and-down 2018 season. The righty hurler is 2-0 with a 1.64 ERA in 11 innings. Of course, we’ve seen flashes of brilliance from German before. Developing consistency is key for the 26-year-old in 2019.
Although the Severino news is brutal, it’s nothing new for the 2019 Yankees. New York’s depth is being seriously tested in the first month of the season.