When the regular season begins, the New York Yankees will be without their best starting pitcher, Luis Severino.
Per Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record, Severino will be shut down for two weeks with rotator cuff inflammation.
While manager Aaron Boone generally liked what the MRI revealed, Severino will begin the year on the Injured List.
Severino has rotator cuff inflammation. Shut down for 2 weeks. Will ramp up throwing program following rest. MRI looks otherwise encouraging says Boone. He’ll start season on Injured List.
— Pete Caldera (@pcaldera) March 5, 2019
Had he been healthy, Severino likely would have been New York’s Opening Day starter. In 2018, Severino posted a 3.39 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and struck out 220 batters in 191.1 innings over 32 starts.
Missing Severino at the beginning of the year will definitely hurt the Yankees, but only to a degree. Expect them to be rather cautious in bringing him along once he does return.