The Yankees are planning to activate right-hander Luis Severino from the injured list on Sunday, manager Aaron Boone said last night (Twitter link via Bryan Hoch of MLB.com). He’ll make his season debut against the Reds after spending the first quarter of the year on the shelf with a lat strain. The news on injured reliever Ian Hamilton is a bit more ominous, as Boone revealed that the right-hander is back in New York to undergo an MRI after being placed on the 15-day IL due to a groin strain.
Severino, 29, will provide a sizable boost to a Yankees rotation that has also been without Carlos Rodon all season and recently lost Domingo German to a 10-game suspension after he was ejected from his most recent start on the heels of a foreign substance check from the umpiring crew. The Yankees have turned to former top prospect Clarke Schmidt and right-hander Jhony Brito in the rotation for much of the season, but neither has pitched well.
Despite the sub-par showings from Brito (5.20 ERA) and Schmidt (6.30), Yankees starters still rank 14th in the Majors with a collective 4.30 ERA. Gerrit Cole’s sensational start to the year skews that number, however. He and German are the only Yankees starters with an ERA under 5.00 at the moment, making Severino’s return of particular importance.
Severino, of course, has proven capable of pitching at an ace-caliber level when healthy. Dating back to the 2017 season, he boasts a 3.10 ERA with a 28.8% strikeout rate and 6.6% walk rate. The “when healthy” caveat carries plenty of weight with regard to Severino, however, as that impressive ERA and K-BB% profile has come in a sample of just 504 2/3 innings — including just 120 frames since the conclusion of the 2018 season. Severino pitched just 12 innings in 2019 due to shoulder and lat injuries, and he underwent Tommy John surgery in February of 2020. His 2021 comeback efforts were largely derailed by a Grade 2 groin strain and some recurring tightness in his shoulder. He pitched just six innings that year.
The 2022 season was Severino’s healthiest since he topped 190 innings in both the 2017-18 seasons, but he still managed only 19 starts and 102 innings of work due to a strain of the same right latissimus dorsi that has plagued him in 2023. The Yankees’ obvious hope is that the issue can be firmly put in the rearview mirror now, but only time will tell. Severino has made a pair of minor league rehab starts, lasting 3 1/3 innings apiece and holding opponents to three runs on eight hits and a pair of walks with six punchouts.
A healthy return will be of great importance not just from a team perspective but also through a personal lens. The Yankees exercised a $15MM option on Severino back in November, and he’s slated to become a free agent for the first time this coming offseason. The hope of pitching a full slate of 30-plus starts is already out the window, but if Severino can avoid the injured list from this point forth, he’ll still be viewed as one of the top arms in the class — obvious health risks notwithstanding.
For the time being, Severino will slot into the rotation along with Cole, Schmidt, Brito and a struggling Nestor Cortes (5.53 ERA in 42 1/3 innings). The team hasn’t gone on record to provide a firm timetable on Rodon, though Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported earlier in the week that a six-week timetable is viewed as a best-case scenario. That seems to generally align with the Yankees’ latest updates on the lefty, as Boone noted to Hoch and others that he’s recently thrown from 90 feet without incident. Rodon will still likely need multiple bullpen sessions, some live batting practice sessions and multiple minor league rehab starts before he’s a realistic option, so a return late next month indeed seems plausible if he can avoid further setbacks.
The Yankees have big plans.
I wouldn’t count on him remaining healthy the rest of the year unfortunately captain.
probably the best we could hope for is he stays in the rotation until Rodon comes back, before he goes on the shelf again. Unfortunately we are too reliant on the mercurial German. and Nestor has been a huge disappointment this year as well, so we will need not only hitting, but pitching at the deadline.
Big plans will be thwarted because an Oriole team added Robbie “down under thunder” Glendinning recently. So yeah, Judge hits dingers and Severino throws slingers, but your wingers will flap, fall, stall and sail away. No championship today!
Yankees could use an extra hand in the starting rotation (that isn’t sticky 🙂 )
Hes been always hurt since signing that contract extension years ago. Lets face it, if he was getting paid per game he would be making atleast 30 starts a year. Its a joke at what this Yankees organization has become. Aaron Hicks, Stanton, Severino, and Rodon are all dogs. If these guys got paid per game they wouldn’t miss any days
says the Mets fan, lol.
@Idosteriods I actually have respect for the Yankees, they are the most historic franchises in sports history. The Mets have had their fair share of dogs over the years. Cespedes, Jed Lowrie, Betances, Jason Bay etc. The Yankees normally dont make mistakes. These players are taking the Yankees to the cleaners
The clinical term is “Rendonitis”. The symptoms are an OVERLY big contract, loss of energy, enthusiasm and desire. It’s thought to be contagious and sports agent Scott Boras is a KNOWN carrier. Best thing to do is AVOID doing business with Scott Boras.
@mlb fan 100% agree
While your points can apply to a lot of people, is Severino one of them? 2019 – 2021, were lost years, and had TJ surgery thrown in there. But last year he was put on the IL for undisclosed reasons, and transferred to 60 day, and he wasn’t happy about it. In fact, a lot of people thought the Yanks did it to keep him fresh for the postseason since he had an innings limit. This year, he’s voiced frustration about the slow pace the Yanks have held his rehab at. In fact, he’s gotten criticized by fans for voicing his frustration.
Guy can’t win. He either doesn’t want to work to earn his salary, or he voices frustration and says he’s ready to pitch and wants to get out there, and he’s not a team player and should shut his mouth.
The Yankees are at the cutting edge of cheating. What is their next trick? And they have the nerve to complain about the Astros.
The Yankees HIRED the RINGLEADER of the Astros cheating scandal, to broadcast(badly)their games, so I don’t wanna hear anymore crying from the Yankees about “Astros cheaters”.
Speaking of “cutting edge” Josh Donaldson had another injury setback….he cut himself putting something together at his home lol you can’t make this up.
Yankees should go out and trade for 3B Nolan Gorman and Eduardo Rodriguez. Get those two in soon and then at the trade deadline look for a LFer.
He’ll be on the 60 day by all star break. Fragile as glass but then again so is the entire Yankees roster.
Can MLBTR run a poll?
Who goes on the IL first?
Bader plays CF FLAWLESSLY, one of the best I’ve ever seen, but he is tremendously fragile and really cannot be depended on.
The Yankees have petitioned major league baseball to allow them to have a second base coach whose box will be directly behind second base. Stay tuned for further developments.
This is what happens when you fail as an organization to properly draft and develop prospects, internationally sign highly touted free agents, sign healthy free agents, or know when to sell high on trades for top starters. Cashman is a bum
He’ll be on the DL by next week
Put him in the bullpen.