Yankees right-hander Luis Severino is probably headed to the 15-day injured list due to what manager Aaron Boone described to reporters (including Joel Sherman of the New York Post) as a lower-grade lat strain. Max Goodman of NJ Advance Media reported earlier today that Severino had been scratched from his planned start today, which was to be Severino’s last outing of Spring Training.
Severino becomes the third member of New York’s projected Opening Day rotation who will instead begin the season on the IL. Carlos Rodon was sidelined with a mild forearm strain but has at least been back throwing, while Frankie Montas’ season is in jeopardy after undergoing shoulder surgery. Those absences have resulted in Domingo German and Clarke Schmidt being elevated to rotation jobs, and the Yankees will now have to dip into their depth once more to replace Severino. Deivi Garcia, Jhony Brito, Matt Krook, and Randy Vasquez are all on the 40-man roster and slated for rotation duty at Triple-A, but Garcia is the only member of that group with Major League experience.
While the Yankees have two off-days in their first nine days of the regular season, they will need a fifth starter to make one turn through the rotation. In the best-case scenario, Severino would perhaps only miss one start or two starts, given how Boone left a bit of wiggle room about the IL placement and the severity of the injury. That said, Severino also missed over two months last season with a similar lat strain on his right side, so there is no guarantee that this new injury could be a short-term issue.
It makes for yet another injury setback for Severino, who pitched only 18 total regular-season innings total during the 2019-21 seasons. A more severe lat strain (as well as a rotator cuff problem) contributed to that layoff in 2019, and then Tommy John surgery wiped out almost all of his next two seasons. Even with his 2022 season also shortened by an IL stint, Severino still managed to toss 102 innings and re-establish himself as a quality starter, posting a 3.18 ERA, 27.7% strikeout rate, and 7.4% walk rate in his limited action.
The Yankees were encouraged enough by this performance to exercise their $15MM club option on Severino’s services for the 2023 season, which seemed like a pretty easy call last November. As a result, the original four-year, $40MM extension that Severino signed in February 2019 became a five-year, $55MM pact. That deal was a departure for a Yankees organization that usually doesn’t sign players to extensions, and given how Severino has tossed only 120 regular-season innings since signing the deal, the investment simply hasn’t worked out to date. Naturally, if Severino can get back onto the field relatively quickly, he still has plenty of time in the 2023 season to deliver some more return to the Yankees, as well as set himself up for another deal when he enters the free agent market this winter.
If the Yankees wanted to add rotation depth beyond their internal choices, the pickings are pretty slim on the free agent market at the moment. However, some more names could become available as teams make their final roster cuts towards the end of Spring Training. A pitcher facing an opt-out decision on his minor league contract, for example, might now view New York as a viable option if their current team isn’t planning on including them on the Opening Day roster.
This is a ‘Wow!’ Yankees pitching is decimated.
Mr big dig
“Decimated filled with pocket change” it’s a NoFX song called dying degree ^.^ no but, Yankees are trash tho. Go Dodgers.
Mr big dig
Do you guys think this injury’s Sever,no? ^_^ ahh Yankees and Mets are dumpster teams and cities. Go Dodgers
A brilliant wordplay. I love the way you utilized his uncommon name into a sentence using a form of Canadian vernacular.
One of the best ever. Your post is deserved of the entry into the Creative and Ingenuity wing of the MLBTR Hall of Fame.
This is a “Wow!” moment. Yankees pitching is decimated a week before the season begins.
This is why I don’t pick fantsay players until the last few days. Man the Yankees trainers should be fired.I never seen a team get this hurt every year.
See: Chicago White Sox.
Where’s the Yankee Clipper? Do we need a wellness check? LOL
every fan thinks their team’s medical staff is incompetent (so yes, i agree with you)
None more so than Reinsdorf and the Bulls and White Sox. They take incompetence to a whole new level. Reinsdorf gets his Dr’s from Web MD. Cheapest he can find.
Now that’s funny…. Hiring team physician from WebMD.
I hope this doesn’t ruin my chance to see them get swept in the playoffs.
Their not getting swept again in the playoffs, so keep dreaming.
Thats because theyre not going to make the playoffs at alll. Galaxy brain.
Just as long as your sure. Go back to sleep.
Ah! You have to love the deep wisdom of fans such as as bkbk. We haven’t even played one regular season game and he’s already writing off teams.
Bro, were all commenting on a message board about rumors. There are no winners here.
“We want Houston!” Chanted the Yanks fans, and Houston they got. See you in the playoffs again. We’ll bring our brooms back.
Mr big dig
The Yankees aren’t playing butchers and blacksmiths anymore. They’ll never win a World Series as long as the Dodgers and Astros are good ^.^ haha Yankees are below mid
I generally care about my favorite team doing well in the playoffs and never really consider the fortunes of other teams, but you do you.
*Generally, except the Astros. They can crawl in a dark hole.
Except they won’t. Stros will kick the Yanks you know what deep into space again
Severino gets injured how shocking
Too bad he cant stay healthy like Stanton and Judge. Oh wait . . .
Judge has barely been hurt but OK
7/7/22 Lower Body
8/12/20 Lower Body
7/27/18 Chip fracture, right wrist
7/26/18 Chip fracture, right wrist
We must be talking about different Judges. Want to see Stanton’s history now?
…and yet only missed significant time in two seasons
3 right? Or are you not counting 2020, when he wouldve missed a lot of the first half of the season, had it been played. Newsflash, he hasnt been that healthy, no matter how Yankee fans want to spin it.
“With Opening Day pushed back, Judge has more time to recover without missing games.”
Wow. The significant injuries mount around league. What a tough break. By all accounts he had found his form this Spring
This is a talented guy with a bad body. You could see he wasn’t right during his Grapefruit League appearances. So he favored something and pulled a lat.
Makes you wonder if Rodon or Sevy will make more starts this season? (I’ll bet neither of them gets to 20.)
Lat strains are the new black.
Orange is the next president.
Orange is the next inmate.
Pick a crime, any crime.
Guilty before any trial. Due process and all. How American of you.
Worry a out your own country where if you protest they cut off your bank account.
Death. Taxes. Sevy IL stints.
So what’s the next move? Call up Deivi Garcia and roll with Cole, Schmidt, German, Garcia?
If Garcia comes back up here, he is likely headed to the bullpen. I’d rather have these injuries right now then later though.
no mention of Luis Gil ? Is he strictly a Relief pitcher nowadays ?
Gil is coming off TJ. Like Montas he should be able to pitch later on this year. He should be Montas replacement in the rotation next season. Gil will probably be pitching out of the bullpen late June or early July.
Gil’s surgery took place in June. If his recovery is the typical 12-14 months and everything goes really well, he won’t be ready until the All Star break,
What do the Yankees do for the first half of the season?? Krook? You have to be kidding.
Can’t they be both?
Cole, Cortes, German, Schmidt, Jhony Brito/Randy Vasquez/Yoendrys Gomez
Duh, my apologies. I forgot Nasty Nestor is only a short term injury. We can survive a month with this current rotation.
They can have Charlie Morton
No thanks; pass.
Really? Wow. He would be your number three starter right now. He only struck out 205 batters in 172 innings last year.
Apparently his tissue paper body was left out in the rain overnight
Call 1-800-Cubbies. Ask for Jed. Re: Adrian Sampson. LOL
If I remember correctly, the Yankees wouldn’t allow Severino to participate in the WBC. Severino was upset with that. It looks like the Yankees made the right call.
This will be the *14th* consecutive season the Yankees don’t win the World Series. Pathetic.
Because injuries are a character issue, I suppose.
“Because injuries are a character issue”
Thats right! The Red Sox and Cubs had “injuries” for decades before they won theirs.
Yeah I wouldn’t show myself either. Nice prediction though.
Right, because you’re showing yourself by using your birth name of “CaptainJudge99”. By the way, the Aaron Judge contract is an albatross, stupid contract that will be widely derided by Yankees fans less than 4 years from now. A mega contract to an extremely fragile 31 year old who is also the biggest player in baseball. Unbelievable.
Yankees fans will be widely demanding the trade of Aaron Judge’s sorry, un-clutch ass less than 4 years from now and Brian Cashman got played again as usual. 200 post season plate appearances, .772 OPS. Pathetic.
That’s right boss, have the guts to show who you are. I should of guessed it, your nothing. And we’ll see.
Using a made up username just like you and everyone else. Ok.
In the case please change your username it’s pretty disturbing, just like your posts. Thanks.
Judge, don’t feed the pathetic troll. He’s a Marlins fan so he has no hope.
.211 playoff BA, .310 OBP. Pathetic.
I agree with you on the judge contract. Should’ve let the Giants sign him.
The Yankees need to trade for a SP before the season begins. Call around and see who has interest in Gleyber. Trading him, and probably a prospect or two, for a SP adds to the rotation depth and frees up the middle infield logjam. That allows Volpe to debut on opening day like he deserves
I doubt the Yankees will be trading Gleyber and a prospect or 2. Maybe just Torres, but not for a pitcher though. Sevvy should be fine and back by May. This is probably his last year in pinstripes.
Luis Gil should be back too. Jhony Brito should be an option.
They absolutely need to trade for a SP. Sevy’s injury might not sound too severe now but I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s out until June. Factor in Rodon’s injury issues and it becomes an even bigger deal. Schmidt and German both being in the rotation is bad enough. Now the Yankees have to tap even further into their depth to round out the rotation. Things could get ugly very quickly if the rotation isn’t addressed
When have lat injuries ever had quick recoveries? 2 months minimum.
Every team’s record is 0-0 right now. You’re not going to find the kind of SP needed until the deadline. I mean, maybe they call the pitching rich Marlins but I think Miami is looking for an outfield bat?
Gleyber — with his inconsistency and questionable work habits — has little trade value. Sadly, one of Peraza, Volpe or Dominguez will the price of a #3 starter,
@Ronk325 They should stand pat and go internal. There’s also not wanting to go into the Cohen tax bracket. We need Gleyber so Volpe can get more reps in AAA and revisit trading him at the deadline.
If this was just one or two injuries, the going internal route would be fine. Opening the season with three SPs on the IL though makes that less feasible. Schmidt, German, and likely Brito all in the rotation is brutal. Schmidt also comes with his own injury history and German is never consistent. Brito is obviously a huge question mark too since he’s never pitched in the big leagues. Trading Gleyber would largely offset the salary of an incoming SP as well
No worries. In today’s analytics baseball world, teams only need guys who can throw 100+MPH out of the pen for 1 or 2 innings, with some control. So, just stack the team with hard throwers for a few innings. No need for these SPs that go 4+ innings and have to leave after throwing 100 pitches.
Somebody doesn’t understand what ‘overworked bullpen’ means.
The trend is a decline in innings pitched by starters..
In 2021, the average start lasted 5.02 innings. That stayed around the same for 2022. In 2019 it was 5.18 innings. It gets even more drastic when you compare to less offensive friendly years like 2014: 5.97 innings per start.
We’re getting to a point that it will be about bullpens, not starters.
Good point. But I’m not sure losing a starter is how you want to begin the transition. Padres created their staff/technique (6 starter, short inn) over a few years. I see a lot of burnt out arms (considering Yanks already down several pitchers) over the course of the next few months.
Mr big dig
Yankees got you brainwashed. I’d say the way the Dodgers and Astros do it is better. 94-98 with movement and location. Yankees are trash, Go Dodgers ^.^
@Mr big dig- go dig a big hole and jump in it where you truly belong. Your opinion like you, means zero.
Cashman ruined him. The Yankees should have made him a reliever. At 5’11”, Sevy never had the frame to be a FT starter. Moreover, he was a two-pitch pitcher (slider FB). His changeup was iffy. Additionally, Sevy struggled against good lineups. Cash ignored all of this.
Spoken from a true Yankee’s fan. Smh. The Rays should of made Glasnow a reliever to, right?
I also like how Cashman is to blame. It’s not like they have a staff of people that develop pitching. Cashman just decides how a pitcher will be used by himself and the coaching staff does it without thinking!!!!
Lat strain lol. Can’t do his job because of a strain. I swear these injuries are becoming epidemic. Can this many people not know what they are doing? So many injuries of this nature.
I hear you, but he’s had so many lat problems. Maybe he just has a bad lat like when people have bad backs. It is unfortunate tho
spirit of truth
Of course he did
At this point I’m not even surprised, just waiting for Giancarlo Stanton to join his buddies on the IL
Motor City Beach Bum
Send young Chaparro (the dude we should have stole from you in the Rule V draft) to the Tigers in a package for a starter (Rodriguez, Turnbull).
You mean the Eduardo who disappeared for 2 months? Lol no thanks.
Cashman is dumb enough to do a deal giving away Chaparro, a good lefty bat who might be in line to be Donaldson’s replacement a year from now.
Motor City Beach Bum
I couldn’t believe he left him unprotected in the Rule V draft. And then I couldn’t believe no one selected him (including my Tigers). A recent article had him pegged as Rizzos future replacement at 1B. Interesting player.
Good thing we have Wesneski, Waldichuk, Sears and Medina waiting on the farm. Oh wait…
If only we had solid depth like Wesneski, Sears, Waldichuck, Medina in the farm to step up. At least we got Montas and Effross though!
It’s not a secret Boone always makes injuries sound minor. It’s impossible to really predict what effect this will have. or for how long. Honestly, a Yankee could have a limb severed by a woodchipper and Boone would say, if it was the playoffs he’d probably play..
girardi was the same: “we’re taking it day by day” = out for the season
Yikes, tough luck for the Yankees so far. Montas is not a big loss, IMO, but Severino and Rodon are. Hopefully, it’s not too long of an absence, but in the case of Rodon, any type of “forearm strain” is concerning.
Wow! How crushing was that three-for-Montas deal?? Tell me, better yet, tell the GM for Life how badly he could use real talent such as Sears and Waldichuk right now? Instead, after losing out on Castillo, he panicked — overpaying for the injured Montas and now heading into ’23 with no replacements as the pitchers he chose all break down like Yugos.
@ctyank7- I hear you, but with all that said we should be fine. It’s much better to have these injuries now then later on, right?
Motor City Beach Bum
I guess no one will accuse the A’s of losing that deal!
MLB teams average about 8 to 10 starters per season, this could be a blessing in disguise. Yanks will get to see where they stand with Brito and company early when the weather is cold and the ball isn’t carrying.
Agreed. This isn’t the A’s we are talking about. The Yankees have several depth pieces that would be in many other teams rotations. German was the sixth starter to begin the spring.
Several depth pieces? Their pitching isn’t deep at all. Schmidt is the only quality starter who wasn’t in the original rotation. And that’s only after he added the cutter. German is pretty average, and so was Schmidt before he added that pitch to his arsenal.
I didn’t say they were sitting on aces. I said they are quality depth pieces that would be starting for other clubs. They won’t be shutting out opponents for nine innings, but they can both keep you in a game so that the offense can outscore the other team’s offense. That is how baseball games are won. I guess the alternative is to pack it up and forfeit all the games this year and hope for better health next spring?? No. They are going to try to win as many games as they can with the pitchers they have.
“this could be a blessing in disguise”
Losing Rodon, Severino, Montas, Kahnle, Trivino from the pitching staff, before the season even begins, add to that Gil and Effross carry-over injuries from last year — Thats a blessing? Okay, can you share some of your happy pills.
“A blessing” is not the right words, for sure, but also not the end of the season before it starts. I’m sure they won’t forfeit the season. They don’t have to shut out other teams to win, they just have to outscore them. The Yankees have this little known outfielder named Aaron Judge. He might be pretty good and help his team outscore some of the other teams.
Yanks are still loaded in other areas, they’ll be fine. And with strong trading chips if they need to improve, Cashman isn’t afraid to pull trigger.
However, from past experience , I’ve found, when a team has the injury bug, it seems to keep happening, or players don’t get healthy quickly enough.
The Ray’s, Jay’s and Orioles could be fighting for the division in September with the injuries piling up for the Yankees, and Boston looking like a sub .500 team. The changing of the guard for one brief shining moment.
This is that moment. Once they start playing games, the Yankees will be where they always are. I do appreciate how much you are all enjoying the prospects of the Yankees possibly having a down season because of spring injuries. They aren’t having Tommy John, they pulled a muscle. I’m sure the Rays, Jays, and Orioles will only need five starters this season. Maybe they are just getting their injuries out of the way early and will be strong in the fall when it counts. But go ahead and bury them in March. It will be fun to read this again in October!! The Yankees have finished above .500 30 years in a row. I wouldn’t count on them being “sub .500”.
I think that comma means he thinks just the Redsox will be “sub .500” and the Yanks would just be behind the other teams in the division. 82-80 is above .500 too, here’s to 31 years.
Well…You can’t win the World Series every year! We will just have to settle for the 27 championships and 40 AL pennants for this year. We can try for 28 next year. I know why you are all jealous. It would suck to be all of you with your teams that haven’t had 30 straight winning seasons. I’m not sure what that feels like, but based on how excited you all are for the Yankees to be injured, it must feel bad. You must also not think that your teams can beat them without injuries based on your level of excitement. Have a fun year!!
I’m sorry if my comment was misunderstood, I take no joy in any injuries to any players, I like to see the best against the best. Perhaps I should have put an IMO. Hope he gets better soon.
Severino getting hurt? Im shocked…
Severino woof woof
Aaron Hicks woof woof
Stanton woof woof
Like I said at the time, the pitching Cashman traded for Montas would have been better than Montas
Get Off My Mound
Yeesh. Is this 2021 all over again?
Pitchers just can’t stay healthy.
They already regret not signing Bauer.
I would rather Cashman pitch himself than have Bauer anywhere near our clubhouse.
I am not surprised, with Sevys history of injuries, I just hope this is not season ending, it will likely be his last in pinstripes. Since we don’t have much depth, we could sure use him to pitch this year, but I’m not holding my breath
The Yankees will get a SP. You need to give Cashman credit for being able to trade for injured pitchers with minor league talent.
Great arm, brittle body.
The Yankees should feel lucky if they get 20 starts from him this year. No way they re-sign him after this year. They’ll want to direct that money elsewhere.
There’s a surprise
The Yankees should trade to bring in a starting pitcher. Because if another pitcher goes down, then attempting to trade for a starting pitcher will cost more later.