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Breaking: Yankees Starting Pitcher Needs Tommy John Surgery

A general view of Yankee Stadium.

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 10: A General View of Michael Pineda #35 of the New York Yankees pitching against the Tampa Bay Rays during the New York Yankees home Opening game at Yankee Stadium on April 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

In the offseason, the New York Yankees landed the biggest free agent on the market. Star pitcher Gerrit Cole decided to take his talents to the Big Apple after a few years with the Houston Astros.

That was great news for Yankees fans at the time, but became an even bigger signing with the latest news. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman announced that pitcher Luis Severino needs Tommy John surgery.

The All-Star pitcher has battled through several injuries over the past two years. Earlier this month, the Yankees announced the team would shut Severino down for the spring, signaling something else was wrong.

Severino missed almost all of last season due to a shoulder injury - though he endured a forearm injury as well. He didn't return to the mound for the Yankees until September.

According to Yankees insider Bryan Hoch, the 26 year-old pitcher felt discomfort near his elbow during MRI and CT scans earlier this year. Now the team knows why.

It's a tough break for Severino and the Yankees, who were supposed to be the biggest threat to win the AL in 2020.

Severino had a partial tear of his UCL and will likely be out for the rest of the 2020 season - at least. That means he'll have missed a majority of the past two seasons.

Hopefully Severino returns to form for the 2021 campaign.