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.
don’t understand why they don’t use Warren in severino old spot. he would only need a couple starts to maybe be stretched out, has sp experience and has been great since returning to the Bronx. would make more sense to have him in rotation and call up young starters to pitch in the pen to limit innings.
AND……. put off Severino’s free agency by 1 year
Not a bad idea. My only concern is screwing up how good Warren has been as a RP. Why mess up a good thing? Though, putting of Serverino’s free agency by one year could be worth it.
Yanks have plenty of options, Tanaka, CC, Pineda, Green, Severino, Warren, Adams, and Enns in Sept. Time to keep seeing the young Bucs perform. I would to see the Yanks put Warren in the rotation next season.
If this turns out to be anything major then he has to be a non-tender candidate. He doesn’t get results with the stuff he has I can’t imagine him dong better with a lesser repertoire.
Eovaldi is what he has been his whole career a guy with a hittable straight as an arrow fastball. Trouble is he never developed any real secondary pitches so it’s just a matter of time until Major League hitters tee off on him. To be honest he should have been converted into a one inning relief pitcher years ago. He’s never going to be anything more than a 5 inning back at the end of the rotation starter. To think otherwise is just dreaming. The Yankees should never resign this one pitch pony.