The Yankees announced today that right-hander Nathan Eovaldi, who left his most recent start after one inning due to an elbow issue, has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a “right elbow tendon injury.” Fellow righty Luis Severino has been recalled from Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes/Barre to take his spot on the roster.
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While the DL placement obviously isn’t an ideal outcome for team or player, the fact that the announcement indicates a tendon injury is a silver lining. There was some concern about the possibility of a ligament issue at the initial time of the injury, but there’s no word from the team of any damage to Eovaldi’s UCL (thus, seemingly removing Tommy John surgery as a possibility). Severino will join Masahiro Tanaka, CC Sabathia and Michael Pineda in the New York rotation, although right-hander Chad Green has been an oft-utilized option for the Yanks this year, making eight appearances (four starts) at the big league level. Long reliever Anthony Swarzak could be another option, though he hasn’t tossed more than 2 2/3 innings in any given appearance in 2016.
Severino, 22, had been optioned out just days prior to his recall but was eligible to be brought back more quickly than the 10-day minimum due to the fact that he’s replacing an injured player. The former top prospect hasn’t followed up on his brilliant rookie campaign (2.89 ERA, 8.1 K/9, 3.2 BB/9 in 11 starts) this year, however, as he’s limped to a 6.42 earned run average in 47 2/3 innings at the Major League level. However, with Eovaldi on the shelf and right-hander Ivan Nova having been traded to the Pirates just prior to the non-waiver deadline, Severino could have an opportunity to finish the season on a strong note.