The New York Yankees knew star pitcher Luis Severino wouldn't be ready to start the 2019 season, but that didn't ease the pain of Opening Day coming and going without Severino on the hill.
Not only was Luis Severino removed from his scheduled start on Opening Day, but the right-handed ace is now expected miss significant time.
Severino underwent an MRI to discover the extent of his injury.
"Luis Severino has a Grade-2 right lat strain after his MRI today, Yankees say. He’ll be shut down (no throwing) for six weeks. This was an injury not found on the original MRI," Yankees reporter Coley Harvey said on Tuesday.
Severino's injury isn't related to the shoulder injury that he's been recovering from.
According to multiple reports, he suffered the injury while rehabbing from rotator cuff inflammation.
Masahiro Tanaka has been solid as the Yankees' No. 1 starter while Severino recovers from injury. Tanaka sits at 1-0 on the season with a 1.47 ERA and 15 strikeouts to just two walks in three starts.
Losing Severino for an additional six weeks doesn't bode well for the Yankees' success this season, especially as the team is off to a rough start.
The Yankees face off against the Houston Astros on Tuesday night on ESPN.