Luis Severino injury update: Yankees ace (shoulder) out until at least May
Yankees ace Luis Severino, dealing with what was described 10 days ago as inflammation in his rotator cuff, isn’t expected back until at least May, general manager Brian Cashman told reporters Friday morning.
Luis Severino will be out until at least May according to Cashman. No change yet, just based on 2-week shutdown followed by rebuilding program.
Cashman expects Sabathia to be ready some point in April. When to serve his suspension will play some part in when he’s activated.
Initially expected to be shut down two weeks, Severino — a two-time All-Star who would’ve been expected to be the Yankees’ opening day starter — is now on a much longer timeline for his projected return.
It was unclear from Cashman’s comments whether the Yankees will extend the amount of time Severino won’t be throwing or if the team was just being cautious with the right-hander and will slowly ramp up his workload in the coming weeks.
Severino, 25, was 19-8 with a 3.39 ERA and 220 strikeouts in 2018, leading the Yankees to sign him last month to a four-year, $40 million contract.
The Yankees named Masahiro Tanaka their opening day starter against the Orioles on March 28 at Yankee Stadium. James Paxton and J.A. Happ also are expected to be in the team’s rotation.
Given Friday’s news, New York could opt now to consider an unsigned free-agent starter, such as Dallas Keuchel or Gio Gonzalez, or turn to Domingo German and/or Luis Cessa to fill spots in the rotation in place of Severino and CC Sabathia, who Cashman said on Friday isn’t expected back until sometime in mid- to late April. (He also must serve a five-game suspension for throwing at the Rays’ Jesus Sucre near the end of last season.)
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Sabathia began throwing to live hitters only this week as the team treats him delicately following an offseason heart procedure as well as a cleanup surgery on his arthritic right knee.
Cashman also said that center fielder Aaron Hicks (back pain) is expected to begin the season on the injured list. Out since March 2, Hicks on Monday received a cortisone shot but remains unable to fully swing a bat.
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