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Latest Injury Update For Yankees Star Luis Severino

Luis Severino standing on the mound.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 08: Luis Severino #40 of the New York Yankees walks back to the dugout after being pulled against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning in Game Three of the American League Division Series at Yankee Stadium on October 08, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

The Yankees certainly have the firepower on offense to win this year's World Series, but the true deciding factor will be how their pitching holds up for the rest of the season. More importantly, the 27-time champions need their ace Luis Severino to return.

Severino is undoubtedly the most electric pitcher on New York's pitching staff. In 2018, he finished with a 19-8 record and 3.39 ERA.

Unfortunately, Severino has dealt with a shoulder injury that has kept him out of action this entire season. At first, the initial diagnosis didn't seem to indicate anything major, but his absence says otherwise.

Although Severino is trending in the right direction in terms of his recovery, Yankees manager Aaron Boone had a discouraging update to dish out to the media.

New York expected to Severino to throw earlier this week, but he couldn't due to soreness around his lat and shoulder.

Boone did have some good news to share, revealing that Severino is 90 percent healed from his injury.

The Yankees are currently leading the AL East by seven games over the Tampa Bay Rays.

If Severino can return this season, it'd give the Bronx Bombers a huge lift to their starting rotation.

Perhaps, the middle of August is the ideal target date for Severino to return to the mound.