Luis Severino Mar 10, 2023; Lakeland, Florida, USA; New York Yankees starting pitcher Luis Severino (40) pitches during the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

If healthy, Luis Severino figured to play an important role in the New York Yankees’ rotation this season. While he hasn’t pitched a full season since 2018, the right-hander was rather effective in the 19 starts he made last season. He recorded a 3.18 ERA and helped the Yankees win the American League East.

But as the Yankees move through the remainder of their spring training schedule and look to get ready for the season, they’ll be without Severino for the foreseeable future.

Max Goodman of reported Saturday that there was heightened concern that something was wrong with Severino and that he would not make his final start of the spring on Sunday. Yankees manager Aaron Boone confirmed Goodman’s reporting later Saturday morning, indicating that Severino will miss his first start of the season—scheduled for Saturday, April 1 vs. the San Francisco Giants, the Yankees’ second game of the year—and could be placed on the injured list as a result. Boone announced that Severino suffered a low-grade lat strain after feeling tightness in his side following his last spring training start.

With Severino sidelined and likely shut down from throwing for a week, Clarke Schmidt is expected to start Game 2 of the regular season, according to Boone.

“Asked who else could fill in for Luis Severino while he’s hurt, Boone mentioned Jhony Brito,” Goodman tweeted Saturday. “Sounds like they could fill his start days with bullpen arms as well.”

The news of Severino’s latest injury was met with a lot of angst.

Teams are obviously going to be cautious with players toward the start of the regular season, especially when those players are important to the ball club’s success. There are 162 games to be played, after all. But news of Severino suffering another injury could be a major blow to New York’s regular-season rotation. We’ll have to see how long the oft-injured Servino will be sidelined.


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