Yankees righty Luis Severino left tonight’s start against the Reds early. After allowing four runs through two innings, he came out for his warm-up pitchers heading into the top of the third. After a few tosses, Severino departed the game. The team later announced he’s dealing with tightness in his throwing shoulder.
Severino will head for an MRI tomorrow, at which point the club will surely provide more information. It’s at least a moderately alarming scenario for New York, as he’d been working with slightly diminished velocity through the first couple frames. Severino has averaged 96.1 MPH on his four-seam this season, but Jack Curry of the YES Network was among those to note (on Twitter) he’d been sitting in the 93-94 MPH range early in his start. Severino did top 96 on a couple occasions tonight, but he was clearly hampered physically to some extent.
The 28-year-old is shouldering a significant workload, having tossed 86 innings through 16 starts. That’s on the heels of three straight injury-limited campaigns, as he combined for just 18 MLB frames between 2019-21. After his 2019 season was cut short by lat and shoulder troubles, he underwent Tommy John surgery in February 2020. The rehab and subsequent setbacks due to groin and shoulder problems kept him off the Yankee Stadium mound until last September.
There’s not yet indication Severino’s dealing with anything serious this time around, but the Yankees figure to be cautious with his workload in any event given his year-over-year buildup. New York has had remarkably good rotation health, with the top five of Gerrit Cole, Nestor Cortes, Jameson Taillon, Jordan Montgomery and Severino starting 84 of the team’s 88 games. They’ve virtually never needed to dip into their depth options, one of myriad reasons they own MLB’s best record at 61-26 entering play tonight.