The last two offseasons have been anything but kind to All-Star pitcher Luis Severino. Once again, the right-handed pitcher for the New York Yankees is dealing with an injury and will be shut down this spring.
Severino missed almost all of last season due to a shoulder injury. He didn't return to the mound for the Yankees until September. This latest injury isn't a shoulder issue, but there are legitimate concerns about his right forearm.
Even though it's still unknown how long Severino will be out for this time around, the Yankees made it clear that he didn't have any preexisting issues with his forearm prior to this month.
According to Yankees insider Bryan Hoch, the team had Severino travel to New York twice during the offseason for an MRI and CT scan. These tests took place in December and January. Fast forward a month later, and the 26 year-old pitcher felt discomfort near his elbow.
New York recently shut down James Paxton as well due to an injury. Now that Luis Severino is on the shelf as well, the Bronx Bombers will need the rest of their pitching staff to remain healthy before Opening Day. If the Yankees want to capture their 28th World Series title, the rotation needs to be close to full strength. We'll find out soon enough if this forearm injury for Severino will be a long-term problem. [
The Yankees had Luis Severino (right forearm) travel to New York twice during the offseason - first for an MRI, then for an MRI and CT scan. Both tests were clean.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) February 21, 2020