Yankees’ Luis Severino could miss Opening Day with forearm soreness

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Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The hits just keep coming for the New York Yankees. Starting pitcher Luis Severino is being shut down by the team in spring training after experiencing forearm soreness and he’s now in danger of not being ready for Opening Day.

Yankees manager Aaron Boone announced on Thursday that Severino felt discomfort each time he threw his changeup, an issue that dates back to his last start in the 2019 postseason. The 25-year-old has a loose body in his pitching elbow and Boone told reporters, “We’ll see” when asked if Severino would be ready for Opening Day.

The Yankees are already heading into the 2020 season without starting pitcher James Paxton, who could miss the first two months after back surgery. New York boasts the depth to lose one of its most important pitchers, but losing Severino would be a huge blow to one of MLB’s best rotations.

Severino missed a majority of the 2019 season with shoulder and lat issues that began in spring training. Before an injury-plagued season, he posted a 3.39 ERA in 2018 across 191.1 innings.

The talented pitcher will see team physician Dr. Chris Ahmad on Friday to undergo further evaluation. Until a diagnosis and recovery plan is determined, New York will have two open rotation spots in the spring.